5/ Famous Artists
Little did Colbert know that when he was asked by Louis XIV to create an exhibition showcasing the best of France’s artists that he would influence the savoir faire of today’s salons and art fairs.
The Société des Artistes Français has lasted down through the years: in times of royalty, empires, revolutions, and wars, attracting some of the greatest artists who have influenced the history of art in the last few centuries. The Salon has exhibited some of the world’s most famous artists including:
Société des Artistes Français Archive LE BRUN, DE LA TOUR, POUSSIN, CHARDIN, WATTEAU, BOUCHER, FRAGONARD, DAVID, INGRES, BOUGUEREAU, CABANEL, MEISSONNIER, GERICAULT, DELACROIX, GROS, PRUD’HON, COURBET, MILLET, PUVIS DE CHAVANNES, …
BALTARD, VIOLLET-LE-DUC, GARNIER, BAILLY, NENOT, LALOUX, DEFRASSE, TOURNAIRE, FORMIGE, LABRO…
RIGAL, BRACQUEMONT, BRESDIN, ROTY.
NADAR, LEGRAY, BOURDELLE
The Salon also inspired writers as renowned as:
DIDEROT, STENDHAL, TH. GAUTIER, BAUDELAIRE, MAUPASSANT, ZOLA, APOLLINAIRE…
Whether famous or lesser-known, artists have been the lifeblood of the Salon. Indeed, the most famous of the lesser-known artists welcomed by the Salon was undoubtedly Oscar Roty, a faithful exhibitor, whose work will be familiar to one and all. His image of ‘La Semeuse’ (The Sower) was used to illustrate French coins for over a century.