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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

atelier

\at-l-YAY\ , noun;
1.
A workshop; a studio.
Quotes:
A garage in Montparnasse served as Leo's atelier, and there he labored on his huge triptychs, mixing his paints in buckets and applying them with a kitchen mop.
-- Mordecai Richler, Barney's Version
After Groton, he would attend the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, then settle in Paris, rent an atelier and paint.
-- Benjamin Welles, Sumner Welles: FDR's Global Strategist
His atelier was the headquarters of a lively little cottage industry.
-- Rollene W. Saal, "Listening for Voices That are Muted", New York Times, January 25, 1987
Origin:
Atelier comes from French, from Old French astelier, "carpenter's shop," from astele, "splinter," from Late Latin astella, alteration of Latin astula, itself an alteration of assula, "a shaving, a chip," diminutive of assis, "board."
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