catalogues ‘impressionist’ expositions



Impressionism, a historical reconstruction:

‘impressionist’ expositions

1874 – 1886

8 catalogues

starting page


From 1874-1886 there were 8 independent group expositions held in Paris.
They are now mostly called the ‘impressionist’ expositions.

On this page you will find links to the 8 catalogues of these expositions, including additional information.
Many sources on Impressionism just render the amount of catalogue numbers as the number  of art-works that were exhibited. But in reality several catalogue numbers contained more than 1 art-work and several works were exhibited, but not in the catalogue (=hc). Also the in the catalogue indicated used techniques differ from actual technique used. This and more will be indicated in the catalogues you are linked to.
Note: all this makes it less clear how many art-works made with what techniques were exhibited. For more info see the accounts of the partakers of the 8 ‘impressionist’ expositions.

  1. Link to the 1874 catalogue of the 1st ‘impressionist’ exposition.
  2. Link to the 1876 catalogue of the 2nd ‘impressionist’ exposition.
  3. Link to the 1877 catalogue of the 3rd ‘impressionist’ exposition.
  4. Link to the 1879 catalogue of the 4th ‘impressionist’ exposition.
  5. Link to the 1880 catalogue of the 5th ‘impressionist’ exposition.
  6. Link to the 1881 catalogue of the 6th ‘impressionist’ exposition.
  7. Link to the 1882 catalogue of the 7th ‘impressionist’ exposition.
  8. Link to the 1886 catalogue of the 8th ‘impressionist’ exposition.



My main sources are Moffett, 1986 (=R2), Berson, 1996 (=R90I), the Salon database of musée d’Orsay (=aR1=iR1).

Additional references (=aRx):

  1. Base Salons ( (start page with links to the catalogues of the 8 ‘impressionist’ expositions; =iR1).

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