Definition of objet trouvé
: a natural or discarded object found by chance and held to have aesthetic value
Did You Know?
Objet trouvé comes from French, where it literally means "found object." The term entered English during the early 20th century, a time when many artists challenged traditional ideas about the nature of true art. Surrealists and other artists, for instance, held that any object could be a work of art if a person recognized its aesthetic merit. "Objet trouvé" can refer to naturally formed objects whose beauty is the result of natural forces as well as to man-made artifacts (such as bathtubs, wrecked cars, or scrap metal) that were not originally created as art but are displayed as such.
Origin and Etymology of objet trouvé
French, literally, found object
First Known Use: 1937
Rhymes with objet trouvé
African gray, areaway, Armistice Day, Ascension Day, auto-da-fé, bank holiday, beta decay, bioassay, boulevardier, cabriolet, café au lait, cantabile, Cardigan Bay, carry away, cDNA, Chesapeake Bay, chronicle play, communiqué, companionway, corps de ballet, costumier, couturier, décolleté, Delaware Bay, devil to pay, diamanté, Dies Irae, Discovery Day, Dominion Day, Election Day, electric ray, far and away, felo-de-se, fiddle away, Fiesole, Giant's Causeway, habitué, High Holiday, instant replay, Jamaica Bay, Jubilate, Korea Bay, laissez-passer, Lavoisier, medley relay, mezzo forte, microarray, Midsummer Day, miracle play, Morgan le Fay, off-off-Broadway, out-of-the-way, papier collé, papier-mâché, pas de bourrée, Patriots' Day, photo-essay, Pouilly-Fuissé, Pouilly-Fumé, prêt-à-porter, Presidents' Day, roche moutonnée, Rogation Day, roman à clef, roturier, Saginaw Bay, sine die, sub judice, superhighway, Thanksgiving Day, ukiyo-e, Ulan-Ude, Valentine's Day, Veterans Day, yerba maté
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up objet trouvé? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).