The art salon

Dana Frankfort, HI, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2010, Courtesy LaMontagne Gallery

Salon: (French, definition from the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language):  
1. A large room, such as a drawing room, used for receiving and entertaining guests.
2. A periodic gathering of people of social or intellectual distinction.
3. A hall or gallery for the exhibition of works of art.

 The origins of the art salon date back to 17th and 18th century Paris, where recent graduates of the royal French art schools were invited to display their works in private settings for the royal court and its patrons. Over history, as the “salon” concept became more popular, these events became showcases for some of the best contemporary art available at the time. In fact, the work of some of the most recognizable names in the history of art were first displayed in salon fashion.

We think the salon is one of those old-fashioned pleasures (like Sazeracs and Gimlets) that deserve a place in our fast-paced contemporary society. The salon allows us to take chances with new and under-appreciated artists whose work might not currently fit into the gallery mainstream, but whom we are confident will find many admirers nonetheless – and public recognition. If you have the chance to attend an art salon, you really should. You are sure to enjoy the experience!