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A private showing held before the opening of an art exhibition.

[French, varnishing, day before the official opening of an exhibition on which artists would varnish their paintings, vernissage, from vernis, varnish, from Old French; see varnish.]


1. (Art Terms) a preview or the opening or first day of an exhibition of paintings
2. (Art Terms) another term for varnishing day
[French, from vernis varnish]


(ˌvɛr nəˈsɑʒ; Fr. vɛr niˈsaʒ)

n., pl. -sages (-ˈsɑ ʒɪz; Fr. -ˈsaʒ)
a reception at a gallery for an artist whose show is about to open to the public.
[1910–15; < French: literally, a varnishing, touching up (of paintings). See varnish, -age]
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L'artiste presente le [beaucoup moins que]lien[beaucoup plus grand que], comme l'evoque si bien l'intitule de son exposition devoilee au public le 8 mars dernier lors d'un vernissage a l'Institut Francais de Rabat.
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A winner of seven Fragrance Foundation Awards, Rosen says,"I am so grateful to the Nassau County Museum of Art for this vernissage.
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Vernissage of more than 30 works by members of the Arts Academy and the leading masters of painting and sculpture - Alisher Mirzavev, Djavlon Umarbekov, Sabir Rakhmetov, Akmal Nur and others - were presented.
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