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Saturday, November 01, 2014


\œ-vruh\ , noun;
French. the works of a writer, painter, or the like, taken as a whole.
French. any one of the works of a writer, painter, or the like.
I am very fond of our body of work together, our oeuvre, even though logging 24-hour days for years on end for a band is not the easiest way to lead a life that could have been very creative in its own right.
-- Ian Faith, interviewed by Chick Hadrian, "Spinal Tap: The Unauthorized Sequel," Spy, July/August, 1992
And in such moments of meta-ennui, he would diagram a work, or select an object and claim it as part of his oeuvre, under the category of "readymade."
-- Thomas B. Hess, "To-Do Champ," New York, January 21, 1974
Oeuvre comes to English by way of French and can ultimately be traced to the Latin word for "work," opus. It entered English in the late 1800s.
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