Salon de 1755





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There were 177 works listed in the livret.

Claude-Jospeh Vernet returned to France from Italy and was commissioned by Marigny to paint a series of large canvases representing French seaports and maritime activity. Vernet completed fifteen topographically based paintings in the series, known as the Ports of France, between 1754 and 1765. Below are details from the view of Marseilles and the tuna fishing scene.
       
     
The genre painter and portraitist Jean-Baptiste Greuze made his debut in this exhibition with the two works included in the collage, along with two portraits and a study of a head after nature.  His Father Reading the Bible to His Children, the collage background (also below), launched his career as a specialist in moralizing scenes of everyday life.


Volume IV of the Encyclopédie is among the books represented in La Tour’s large pastel of Madame de Pompadour.

Etienne-Maurice Falconet’s exhibited a terracotta model of the cupid commissioned by Madame de Pompadour. The marble was exhibited in 1757 but is included here because the model no longer exists.

Charles Michel-Ange Challe was a student of Boucher. Besides historical works, he also produced architectural caprices or fantasies