catalogue raisonné

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(French, ‘reasoned catalogue’)

The complete published catalogue of an artist's work. Such catalogues, for example Paul-André Lemoisne's four-volume Degas et son oeuvre (‘Degas and his work’), published in Paris, 1946–9, are normally regarded as standard publications on the subject and are often referred to in abbreviated form. Degas's famous portrait of Diego Martelli (National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh), for example, would be ‘Lemoisne no. 519’.

Subjects: Art.

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