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épater les bourgeois

To surprise people who have traditional views. "Épater" means "to flabbergast" in French. Our world is so crazy these days that it takes a lot to épater les bourgeois.

épater les bourgeois

shock people who have attitudes or views regarded as conventional or complacent.
The French phrase is generally used in English, there being no exact English equivalent. ‘Il faut épater le bourgeois’ (‘one must astonish the bourgeois’) was a comment attributed to the French poet and critic Charles Baudelaire .
1995 Times Because it takes more than a urinal to épater les bourgeois now, the real things that are being hauled into galleries grow ever more provocative: turds, frozen foetuses and used sanitary towels.
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Sent off at 5-1 for the RSA Chase won by Might Bite, Acapella Bourgeois did not enjoy the experience and was tailed off.
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In Lithuania, Bourgeois met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevicius, to discuss concrete projects and prospects for co-operation in the fields of trade, business, science, education, and transport, among others.
Bourgeois told NCR that next year's gathering at the border would likely happen in October, just before the 2016 presidential election.
If you're bourgeois (18th-century Parisian nouveau-riche obviously excepted) you'll be doing OK.
Broadly situated in the tradition of Marxian literary analysis, the book examines the figure of the bourgeois in British and European literature as part of the development of capitalism from the eighteenth through the end of the nineteenth century.
Published on the occasion of an exhibition by the same title at Munich's Haus der Kunst, from February 27 to August 2, 2015, Louise Bourgeois, Structures of Existence: The Cells is, all at the same time, a beautiful coffee table book in which to get lost, a significant contribution to the increasing volume of scholarly material on Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), and a remarkable exhibition catalogue.
First staged in the spring at Stockholm's Moderna Museet, this retrospective--the largest in Spain to date--gathers 101 works spanning seven decades and, as with that eight-legged symbol of motherhood, treads familiar Bourgeois ground: suspended aluminium knotted spirals, patched bodiless heads and, of course, an emotionally charged 'cell'--one of 33 pieces seen here for the first time.
The story begins in early modern Europe and continues into the worldwide present and is given unity by the repeated pattern whereby bourgeois dedication to representative democracy and the rule of law mutates into support for authoritarian forms of order when threats to market freedom issue from assertive working-class forces.
The latest in the Artist Rooms series of exhibitions to be mounted in the North East is dedicated to the late Louise Bourgeois.
Roy Bourgeois has consistently called for women to be admitted into the priesthood.
She leaves her loving husband Thomas Harrison of Shirley; her parents, Sarah Jane (Gallagher) McKenney and James McKenney of New Mexico, and John Hubert; her seven children, Andrew Bourgeois of NC, Stephanie Kennard of NC, Christine Sica of FL, Marc Bourgeois of Worcester, Lindsay Bourgeois of Worcester, Melissa Pelletier of CT, and Seth Bourgeois of Pepperell.
Recuerdo perfectamente (y me abstengo de la retorica primera persona del plural, que via el poeta frances Yves Bonnefoy, tan excelente resultado procura a la obra de Bourgeois), mi primer contacto con Louise Bourgeois (Paris, Francia, 1911-Nueva York, Estados Unidos, 2010), la cual, tras casi medio siglo de oscura trayectoria artistica, solo recientemente se ha convertido en admirada figura de culto; curiosamente no fue a traves de su obra, sino con ella en Paris a principios de 1994.
In the modern world no single bourgeois leader must be put into power by the his people or he will always