Definition of catalogue raisonné in English:

catalogue raisonné

noun

  • A descriptive catalogue of works of art with explanations and scholarly comments.

    • ‘Since her first etchings of nursery rhymes appeared in 1989, she has been so productive in the print studio that a new catalogue raisonné has just been devoted to her graphic art.’
    • ‘This has left a formidable resource for art historians who this year will publish the third and final volume of his catalogue raisonné.’
    • ‘This book, a catalogue raisonné of this enterprising print publisher, tells a short but glittering tale.’
    • ‘He devoted much of his retirement to assisting César de Hauke with a catalogue raisonné of Seurat's work, eventually published in two volumes in 1961.’

Origin

Late 18th century: French, explained catalogue.

Pronunciation:

catalogue raisonné

/ˌreɪzɒˈneɪ/