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Pierre-Auguste Cot (French, Bédarieux 1837–1883 Paris)
Date: 1873Accession Number: 2012.575
Giovanni Boldini (Italian, Ferrara 1842–1931 Paris)
Date: 1906Accession Number: 47.71
Henry Lerolle (French, Paris 1848–1929 Paris)
Date: 1885Accession Number: 87.8.12
Henri Regnault (French, Paris 1843–1871 Buzenval)
Date: 1870Accession Number: 16.95
Ilia Efimovich Repin (Russian, Chuguev 1844–1930 Kuokkala)
Date: 1884Accession Number: 1972.145.2
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The Paris Salon—the official, juried exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts—was a high-profile venue for contemporary art for much of the nineteenth century; a successful (or controversial) Salon submissioncould make a career. Paintings commensurate with the conservative tastes of the Salon—technically pristine, idealized pictures, or, in later decades, refined variations on Realist and Impressionist styles—were snapped up by a cosmopolitan elite. The promise of popular acclaim and financial success attracted not only French artists but also an international contingent, many of whom trained or worked in Paris, eager to try their fortunes in the capital of the art world.
Few collectors were more enthusiastic about Salon painting than upper-class Americans, including a number of major benefactors to the Metropolitan. Galvanized by a flock of newly founded commercial galleries, wealthy patrons filled their homes, and eventually the Museum's galleries, with premier examples of the most sought-after and fashionable art of the day.
This gallery is one of ten that comprise the Henry J. Heinz II Galleries.
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