Definition of catalogue raisonné in US English:

catalogue raisonné


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Late 18th century: French, ‘explained catalog’.


catalogue raisonné

/katlˌôɡ ˌrāzəˈnā/