In the second half of the 19th Century, few young painters didn’t make it to the most important art show – Salon de Paris. They were always overshadowed by those faithful painters who stuck to the norms and rules.
One of the young artists, Frederick Bazille, discouraged by the constant failure even wrote that he is never going send his paintings again to the jury of the Salon.
But as it is often the case for young artists, they decided to do everything needed to have their art seen by the public. They organised their own exhibition where a lot of independent painters were able to showcase their work.
Of course, the Salon wasn’t fond of that and did not advertise the exhibition. But the word kept spreading.
You may know the exhibition as The First Impressionist Exhibition.
Probably we would be unable to appreciate nowadays the pieces of art by Renoir, Pissaro, Monet, Cézanne, and Degas if it weren’t for the exhibition.
So how much do you believe in your art?