sculptures ‘impressionist’ expositions

 

 

Impressionism, a historical reconstruction:

The ‘impressionist’ expositions

1874 – 1886

Exhibited sculptures

An overview + slideshow

What sculptures were shown at the ‘impressionist’ expositions?
In total there had been just 3 partakers that exhibited in total 17 sculptures at the 8 ‘impressionist’ expositions. In 1874  Auguste Ottin showed 10 sculptures. These were made quite traditional and also depicted Néo-Classical themes. On this page you will find 7 pictures of these 10 sculptures.
In total Paul Gauguin exhibited 6 sculptures: 1 in 1879 (outside the catalogue =hc), 1 in 1880 (both more traditional), 2 in 1881 (one was a medallion), 1 in 1882 and 1 in 1886 (outside the catalogue =hc).
The most famous sculture exhibited 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.
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!

 

Clarification:
On this page you will find 14 of the 17 exhibited sculptures.

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.

For 3 sculptures of Ottin I render a sculptures of other artists to compare:
1IE-1874-119,  Amour et Psyché, groupe marbre
1IE-1874-127,  Le dernier mousse du vengeur, plâtre
1IE-1874-124,  Jeune femme portant un vase, terre cuite.
For 1 sculpture the suggestion is very uncertain:
IE-1874-125,  Buste, terre cuite.
Of the other 6 sculptures exhibited by Auguste Ottin in 1874 I render the originals of the copies that were exhibited, 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.

Of 1 sculpture I render just a black and white picture:
7IE-1882-30,  Clovis, buste, sculpture (Gauguin)

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 partakers that exhibited in total 17 sculptures at the 8 ‘impressionist’ expositions. This is less than 1% of the 2053 exhibited art-works. To compare: at the Salon of 1874 15% of the catalogue numbers contained sculptures.

 

Sources:
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.

 

Recommanded citation: “Impressionism: Overview of the exhibited sculptures at the ‘impressionist’ expositions (1874-1886). Last modified 2024/03/08.  https://www.impressionism.nl/sculptures-impressionist-expositions/.”