Definitions for tableau vivantta bloʊ viˈvɑ̃
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ta•bleau vi•vant*ta bloʊ viˈvɑ̃(n.)(pl.)
Category: Foreign Term
Ref: tableau (def. 3). 3
* ta•bleaux vi•vants. French..
Origin of tableau vivant:
lit., living picture
tableau, tableau vivant(noun)
a group of people attractively arranged (as if in a painting)
same as Tableau, n., 2
Tableau vivant means "living picture". The term, borrowed from the French language, describes a group of suitably costumed actors or artist's models, carefully posed and often theatrically lit. Throughout the duration of the display, the people shown do not speak or move. The approach thus marries the art forms of the stage with those of painting or photography, and as such it has been of interest to modern photographers. The most recent heyday of the tableau vivant was the 19th century, with virtually nude tableaux vivants or poses plastiques providing a form of erotic entertainment. Occasionally, a Mass was punctuated with short dramatic scenes and tableaux. They were a major feature of festivities for royal weddings, coronations and royal entries into cities. Often the actors imitated statues, much in the manner of modern street entertainers, but in larger groups, and mounted on elaborate temporary stands along the path of the main procession.
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