Expos 1874-86: Sculptures


The ‘impressionist’ expositions

Exhibited sculptures

An overview

1874 – 1886

The 1st ‘impressionist’ exposition in 1874 in reality was called the “première Exposition de la Société Anonyme des artistes peintres, sculptures, gravures, etc.” The sculptors were explicitly mentioned, but in reality there was only one sculptor, namely Auguste Ottin and he showed 10 sculptures. These were made quite traditionaly and also depicted Néo-Classical themes. On this page you will find 7 pictures of these 10 sculptures, see also the account. Six of the other 7 ‘impressionist’ expositions were called “Exposition de peinture”, still there were some sculptures exhibited, but not in 1876 + 1877. In total Paul Gauguin exhibited 6 sculptures: one in 1879 (outside the catalogue =hc), one in 1880 (both more traditional), two in 1881 (one was a medallion), one in 1882 and one in 1886 (outside the catalogue =hc), see account. The most famous sculture was the little dancer of Edgar Degas, that already was in the catalogue of 1880 but not exhibited till the next year in 1881. It was a made of wax using several additional techniques, see account.
So, in total there had been just 3 artists that exhibited in total 17 sculptures at the 8 ‘impressionist’ expositions. This is less than 1% of all the exhibited art-works. To compare: at the Salon of 1874 15% of the catalogue numbers contained sculptures.
On this page you will find 14 of the 17 exhibited sculptures, several suggestions are uncertain or given to compare. Note: If you double click on the first (of a cluster of) pictures and then click on full screen, you can create a slideshow. On a smartphone or laptop you can also zoom in. Enjoy!


My main sources are the catalogues of the 8 ‘impressionist’ expositions as rendered by Moffett (1986=R2), Berson (1996=R90I) and the Salon database (iR1). See the link for other general References (=Rx) and to the internet references (=iRx). See links for practical hints and abbreviations and for the subscription of the paintings.


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