Definition of objet trouvé in English:

objet trouvé

Syllabification: ob·jet trou·vé
Pronunciation: /ôbˌZHā tro͞oˈvā
 
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noun (plural objets trouvés pronunc. same)

  • An object found or picked up at random and considered aesthetically pleasing.
    More example sentences
    • On first encounter, we cannot be sure whether we should be addressing it in terms of a piece of industrial design, an objet trouvé, or a minimalist art form in the manner of early Caro or Sol Le Witt.
    • The organizers have gathered, from many museums and private collections, an unprecedented number of paintings, collages, photographs, films, sculptures, illustrated books and objets trouvés [found objects] by surrealist artists.
    • Having used small man-made objets trouvés in his early sculpture, from 1958 the artist began to incorporate parts of machines salvaged from breakers' yards.

Origin

French, literally 'found object'.

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