Salon de 1877

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Below are photographs from the Archives nationales (Paris) of works acquired by the government. See here for more information.

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There were 4,616 entries in the livret. Works in the collage are arranged in alphabetical order as they appeared in the catalog.  

Rodin’s life size male figure in plaster was controversial. The sculptor was accused of casting a model from life. A young sculptor’s later recollection upon viewing the work, probably Jules Desbois, is included in the collage.   Jean Brian’s Mercury was exhibited in the 1864 Salon (above; Musée du Louvre, Paris).
The Augustus of Prima Porta from the 1st century A.D. (above) was discovered in 1863 and figures prominently in the painting by Alma-Tadema. 
Bastien-Lepage combined/stitched together portraits of his mother and father.  They were later separated (mother above; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nice). Fantin La Tour also exhibited a portrait of his mother (below top; Musée de Grenoble), as well as a pastel in the drawing section representing the Rhine maidens from Wagner’s opera (below bottom; Musée d'Orsay, Paris).  

Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret was a student of Gérome. His Orpheus originally included bacchantes or maenads in the background. They were painted out at the request of the first owner of the picture.

The American expatriate John Singer Sargent studied with Carolus Duran.  His portrait of Miss Fanny Watts was his Salon debut.