noun (plural tableaux vivants pronounced same)
A silent and motionless group of people arranged to represent a scene or incident.
- One of the most obviously formal of these was the ceremony of the royal entry, in which allegorical pageants, tableaux vivants, verse, and music combined to welcome a sovereign or royal spouse into the capital or major city of the realm.
- The arrangement of her family is much like the arrangement of a tableau vivant, an arrangement of life fixed in place.
- He was represented by four works, including several tableaux vivants populated by friends, family, and servants and photographed on his estate.
French, literally 'living picture'.
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