From S. H. Ervin:
The annual Salon des Refusés exhibition is selected from the official entries to both the Archibald Prize (for portraiture) and the Wynne Prize (for landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or figure sculpture) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992 in the tradition of the renegade French Impressionists of the 1860s who held a breakaway exhibition from the reactionary French Academy. In 1863, the French Academy rejected a staggering 2800 canvases submitted for the annual Salon exhibition. Among those refused were Paul Cézanne, Camille
Pissarro, Henri Fantin-Latour, James Whistler and Édouard Manet, who entered his now legendary painting, Le déjeuner sur l'Herbe. This particular work was regarded as a scandalous affront to taste. The jury also argued these artists were “a clear danger to society and that the slightest encouragement would be risky.”
Jasper Knight, courtesy Chalk Horse
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