A private showing held before the opening of an art exhibition.
The opening, or first showing, of an art exhibit.
Origin of vernissage
- French varnishing, day before the official opening of an exhibition on which artists would varnish their paintings, vernissage from vernis varnish from Old French varnish
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French vernissage, derived from the earlier habit of the artists to varnish their paintings the day before the opening of an exhibition.