One by one the young models stepped from the tableau vivant to march down the stage and back up again.
Now those are destroyed, too, and the animals are strewn about, bloating and stinking, as if in a tableau of “Guernica.”
The tableau of five candidates on stage at first seemed more like a set of high school stereotypes than a political debate.
Everybody else was screaming; the noise was overwhelming, the tableau so terrifying that my brain locked up.
Of course the political moment really took over the tableau.
We all stood stock-still for a minute, like folks in a tableau.
You were acting a tableau I presume just now as you held her in your embrace.
All this was not so much like a succession of events as it was like a tableau.
The girls were all in their best, and by and by they were to have a tableau.
I feel sure it would make a tableau at once impressive and—er—entertaining—in the best sense of the word.
1690s, "a picturesque or graphic description or picture," from French tableau "picture, painting," from Old French table "slab, writing tablet" (see table (n.)) + diminutive suffix -eau, from Latin -ellus. Hence tableau-vivant (1817) "person or persons silent and motionless, enacting a well-known scene, incident, painting, etc.," popular 19c. parlor game, literally "living picture."