Monday, January 28, 2013


recherche [rəʃɛərˈʃeɪ] a.

1.) Sought out with care; choice. Hence: of rare quality, elegance, or attractiveness; peculiar and refined in kind (GNU Collaborative International Dictionary of English).

Etymology: French, past participle of rechercher, from re- + chercher to seek, search.

"As for visual arts, the current Damien Hirst retrospective at Tate Modern is a perfect opportunity to see what becomes of an artificer whose impulse towards difficult subject matter was unsupported by any capacity for hard cogitation or challenging artistry. The early works – the stuffed animals and fly-bedizened carcasses – retain a certain – albeit recherché – shock value, while the subsequent ones degenerate steadily to the condition of knocked-off merchandise, making the barrier between the gift shop and the exhibition space evaporate in a puff of consumerism" ("In Defense of Obscure Words", Will Self, 2012).

(Der Jungbrunnen, Lucas Cranach der Ältere, 1546)

1 comment:

Bibi said...

Wow, you're on a roll! Seems like every time I check my blogroll one of your posts pops up!

Would it be possible to use the word "recherche" as a noun as well (not "recherché")? Because in French it's a noun (like in "à la recherche du temps perdu"). And since recherché is used as a literal translation from French...

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