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Sep 26, 2007

Objet trouvé

After hearing yourself say this next term a few times, you might just feel a wee bit Parisian! This term involves something that the creative spirit relishes!

From Merriam-Webster Online


objet trouvé • \AWB-zhay-troo-VAY\ • noun : a natural or discarded object found by chance and held to have aesthetic value

Example Sentence:


The museum's latest show, which features objets trouvés, is a dramatic change from last year's exhibition of medieval religious art.

Did you know?


"Objet trouvé" comes from French, where it literally means "found object." The term entered English during the early 20th century, a time when many artists challenged traditional ideas about the nature of true art. Surrealists and other artists, for instance, held that any object could be a work of art if a person recognized its aesthetic merit. "Objet trouvé" can refer to naturally formed objects whose beauty is the result of natural forces as well as to man-made artifacts (such as bathtubs, wrecked cars, or scrap metal) that were not originally created as art but are displayed as such.

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