Between 1667 and 1789 the French monarchy sponsored periodic exhibitions of works by members of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture.
Printed catalogs for these Salons, called livrets, were first issued in 1673. Beginning in 1791 the Salon was sponsored by varying government bodies. The Académie royale was replaced by the École des beaux-arts in 1795 and the Salon was opened to all artists. During the course of the nineteenth century the Salon became an annual event and was designated the exposition officielle from the 1866 catalog. In the later 19th and into the 20th century, various different bodies organized regular exhibitions, also called salons.
Download the Paris Salon Guide to the Libraries' holdings of these catalogs.
1 hour 17 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago TOMORROW at 6:30—British journalist and design critic Alice Rawsthorn joins us to discuss her latest book, Hello World, chronicling her many years of research and reporting on the state of design past, present, and future. Free with registration.
3 hours 45 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago “History is something that continuously creeps into the present.”
South African artist Kemang Wa Lehulere describes his work as a “protest against forgetting.” See his first American museum show, In All My Wildest Dreams, now on view in the Modern Wing.
1 day 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOVEMBER 5—Join us for our FREE Diwali Family Festival!
Celebrate the Hindu festival of light with stories in our Himalayan art galleries. Create your own work of art. And learn new moves on the dance floor—Bollywood, Bhangra, and more—with Mandala Arts.