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Salon des Refusés
September 5, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Stuart Forsyth, No one said it would be easy, 2017, UV cured ink on ACM panel
The Salon des Refusés exhibits the Finalists works from the 26th Wallace Art Awards 2017 which weren’t selected for the Travelling Exhibition.
The concept of the Salon des Refusés has a very honourable history: The first was held in 1863 and arose because the official exhibition sponsored by the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris had been coming under huge criticism for rejecting new artists. The resulting complaints of bias led the Emperor Napoleon III to allow the rejected works to be displayed in a separate exhibition. In that first exhibition were several important paintings such as Manet’s “The Luncheon on the Grass”, James McNeil-Whistler’s “The White Girl”, and included works by Henri Fantin-Latour, Paul Cézanne, Armand Guillaumin, Johan Jongkind and Camille Pissarro.