Definition of retardataire in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˌtɑːdəˈtɛː/


(Of a work of art or architecture) executed in an earlier or outdated style: a mature painter, he is frozen somewhere in the mainstream of the past, his work a quixotic attempt to make a virtue of being retardataire
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  • So my perception of ‘contemporary’ work was retardataire, and this was not helped at all by my college art education, which emphasized Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting.
  • The design by Friedrich St. Florian is conventional, even retardataire, the sort of historicism that would have raised the ire of the living memorial movement during World War II.
  • Prior dismissals of Brooks as being stylistically retardataire no longer signify in an era that reveres artists such as Kurt Kauper, Elizabeth Peyton, Amy Adler and John Currin.



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