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Paris Salon Exhibitions: 1667-1831

John S. Hallam

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Salon de 1783

There were 320 entries in the livret of 1783, plus additional works under the same number.1

Female membership in the Academy had been limited by statute to four artists. Madame Vien was not exhibiting and Madame Vallayer-Coster had been a member since 1770. Madame Roslin died in 1772. Mesdames Vigée-Lebrun and Guiard debuted in 1783. The allegory of peace restoring abundance by Vigée and the pastel portrait of the sculptor Pajou by Guiard were their reception pieces. The presence of highly accomplished women artists, especially Vigée-Lebrun, was very much on the minds of artists, critics, and the public. The citation at the center of the collage is from Louis Petit de Bachaumont’s Mémoires secrets pour servir à l'histoire de la république des lettres en France depuis 1762 jusqu’à nos jours.2

Jacques Louis David submitted his morceau de réception on the theme of Hector mourned by Andromache to the Academy as well. He may also have exhibited the drawing below from his earlier years in Rome. It represents a funeral procession in a frieze-like arrangement recalling Roman relief sculpture.

Ménageot's allegory celebrating the birth of a royal child is a reduced copy of, or a sketch for, the lost original.
Please click on the thumbnail image for magnification and key.

Lagrenée's allegory of the establishment of a public museum in the Louvre for the display of the royal collection engages an idea going back to mid-century and La Font de Saint-Yenne. Several directors of the bâtiments, including D’Angiviller, seriously explored the idea. Along with a bust of Louis XVI, a portrait of D’Angiviller, and various allegorical characters, there is a view into the Long Gallery of the Louvre with cupids (putti) carrying a painting from the collection, Eustache Le Sueur's Death of Saint Bruno (below) from the later 1640's.



WORKS CITED

Bauchaumont, Louis Petit de et al.  Mémoires secrets pour servir à l’histoire de la république des lettres en France depuis 1762 jusqu’à nos jours. Vol 24. London: John Adamson, 1784. Print.

Guiffrey, J.J.  Collection des livrets des anciennes expositions depuis 1673 jusqu’en 1800. Paris: Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, 1868–1871. Print.

NOTES

1. J. J. Guiffrey, Collection des livrets des anciennes expositions depuis 1673 jusqu'en 1800. Various years of these livrets have been digitized and are available on GoogleBooks and on the University of Toronto Library Internet Archive at http://www.archive.org/details/collectiondesliv01guifuoft.

2. Louis Petit de Bachaumont et al. Mémoires secrets pour servir à l'histoire de la république des lettres en France depuis 1762 jusqu’à nos jours, 24.4.

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