selected from the submissions for
Members Juried I and Members Juried II
Art Association has adopted a tradition long held by
many art schools, museums and galleries, the tradition of the
Salon Des Refusés.
of the "Salon des Refusés" dates
back to Paris, 1863. An exhibit was held by command of Napoleon
III for those artists whose works had been refused by the jury
of the official Salon. A Salon was an exhibition of art sponsored
by the French government. The confirmation of an artist's success
was acceptance at the annual Salon. The accepted paintings tended
to be conservative depicting subjects such as a knight in armor,
a group of cardinals, tropical vegetation or a still-life of a
feast for a King.
the Salon rejected 4,000 paintings which caused such a protest
from the rejected painters and their supporters that they formed
their own exhibition, Salon des Refuseés. Among the painters
in the "refused" show were Camille Pissaro, Henri Fantin-Latour,
James M. Whistler and Edouard Manet.
years contemporary venues have adopted the "Salon des Refusés"
as a way of acknowledging that juried exhibitions are always selective.
Upon researching information on the Internet for examples of "Salon
des Refusés," we discovered literally hundreds of
like exhibitions around the world. This information affirmed our
decision to offer such an exhibit to our members.
In any juried
show, the juror will make the best choices based on knowledge,
professional experience and general appreciation of the work.
In selecting work for the Concord Art Association's "Salon
des Refusés," we will look for excellence and a range
of pieces that reflect the breadth and depth of the membership's
talents. The goal is to assemble an exhibition as challenging,
and as indicative of the membership's virtuosity, as both of the
previous membership exhibitions.
We feel that
a "Salon des Refusés" is an excellent opportunity
for more artists to have their work exhibited. We look forward
to making this a traition and by extension honor past artists
who dedicated their lives to the visual arts.