From A to Z, Twenty-Six Funny, Weird, Vivid French Expressions

 

UN VIOLON D’INGRES

 

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Literally: Ingres’s violin

Best equivalent: A hobby

 

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres was a French artist from the 19th century. In addition to painting, he enjoyed playing the violin and was quite a good musician. By extension, anyone who passionately pursues an activity besides a professional career has a Violon d’Ingres.

 

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