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3 months ago

Barbara R. Cochran, MFA  See profile asked this question:

Language pair:

French > English

Subject:

General

Level of diffculty:

Easy / medium

Word or term in question:

y jouaient les chefs de file

Context:

Elles (seized art collections) parvinrent au musée avec quelques-unes des plus significatives expressions de l’art français du XVIIIe siècle. Boucher et Fragonard y jouaient les chefs de file mais ne pouvaient faire oublier de nombreux autres maîtres, leurs contemporains, « sauvegardés » au cours de la même opération.

I think it means something like "[they] were at the head of the line", meaning their work was thought of as the most valuable, or some such thing. Is that correct? Thanks

 

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3 months ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

they spearheaded (this parade)

My comment:

... were in the lead / at the head of this parade ...

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3 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

were leading lights