vernissage

vernissage

[ver-nuh-sahzh; French ver-nee-sazh]
noun, plural vernissages [ver-nuh-sah-zhiz; French ver-nee-sazh] .
1.
Also called varnishing day. the day before the opening of an art exhibition traditionally reserved for the artist to varnish the paintings.
2.
a reception at a gallery for an artist whose show is about to open to the public.

Origin:
1910–15; < French: literally, a varnishing, touching up (of paintings). See varnish, -age

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vernissage (ˌvɜːnɪˈsɑːʒ)
 
n
1.  a preview or the opening or first day of an exhibition of paintings
2.  another term for varnishing day
 
[French, from vernisvarnish]

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