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The Paris Fine Art Salon/Le Salon, 1791–1881

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Edited By James Kearns and Alister Mill

Following on from « Ce Salon à quoi tout se ramène » : Le Salon de peinture et de sculpture, 1791–1890, published in 2010 as an earlier volume in this series, this volume contains a selection of the papers given at the first major international conference to be held on the post-1789 Paris Fine Art Salon. Hosted by the University of Exeter in September 2013, the conference had its origins in the research project entitled Painting for the Salon? The French State, Artists and Academy, 1830–1852, funded in 2010–2012 by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, and its purpose was to situate findings of this research within the wider framework of the Salon’s nineteenth-century history. In this collection of twenty-three papers, fourteen in English, nine in French, established and new scholars of French art history examine the national and international artistic, political and cultural dimensions of the most important regular exhibition of contemporary art in the nineteenth-century world.
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II. Artists at the Salon during the July Monarchy

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When attempting to come to terms with the diverse mass of artistic activity that characterises the Paris Salon in the 1830s and 1840s, a clear difficulty presents itself. The obvious approach – to analyse the careers of a ‘representative’ but ultimately arbitrary sample of artists in relation to the Salon – certainly brings dividends, and there are indeed stimulating examples within this very volume. Yet even when many decades of such studies are considered collectively, they can only take us so far. What was required was a method of embracing a far larger cohort of Salon entrants over this period than had previously been considered. This was precisely the difficulty with which I was confronted when joining a research project wherein my allocated brief was to produce an overarching survey of artistic activity in relation to the Salon during the July Monarchy.

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