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Paris Salon

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This Year, Venuses Again... Always Venuses! (1864) - Honore Daumier
no. 2 of the sketches made at the Salon from Le Charivati, 1864. French.
Honoré Daumier satirizes the bourgeoises scandalized by the Salon's Venuses, 1864


The Paris Salon (French: Salon de Paris) is the official art exhibition of the Académie des beaux-arts in Paris, France.

In 1673, the royally sanctioned French institution of art patronage, the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture (a division of the Académie des beaux-arts), held its first semi-public art exhibit at the Salon Carré. Beginning in 1725 the salon was held in the Palace of the Louvre, when it became known as Salon de Paris.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Salon [Feb 2006]

Academic art

Towards the end of the 19th century, Academic art saturated European society. Exhibitions were held often, and the most popular exhibition was the Paris Salon. The Salon was a sensational event that attracted crowds of visitors, both native and foreign. As much a social affair as an artistic one, 50,000 people might visit on a single Sunday, and as many as 500,000 could see the exhibition during its two-month run. Thousands of pictures were displayed, hung from just below eye level all the way up to the ceiling in a manner now known as "Salon style." A successful showing at the Salon was a seal of approval for an artist, making his work saleable to the growing ranks of private collectors. Bouguereau, Alexandre Cabanel and Jean-Léon Gérôme were leading figures of this art world. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_art, Apr 2004

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