[ver-nuh-sahzh; French ver-nee-sazh]
- Also called varnishing day. the day before the opening of an art exhibition traditionally reserved for the artist to varnish the paintings.
- a reception at a gallery for an artist whose show is about to open to the public.
Origin of vernissage
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Examples from the Web for vernissage
The spring came at last, and with it vernissage at the Salon.
You can't imagine how impatient I was to get back in time for vernissage.
We had not heard of his arrival until we ran across him at the Vernissage in the New Salon.Nights
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Ledoyen's has attained a particular celebrity as the restaurant where every one lunches on the vernissage day of the Salon.The Gourmet's Guide to Europe
By ten o'clock the night of the "Vernissage" all his acquaintances and intimates in Paris had brought him their felicitations.Fairfax and His Pride
Marie Van Vorst
- a preview or the opening or first day of an exhibition of paintings
- another term for varnishing day
French, from vernis varnish