Salon des Indépendants

An annual exhibition organized by the Société des Artistes Indépendants, first held in Paris in 1884. Distancing itself from the conservatism of the Salon sponsored by the Académie des Beaux-Arts, the association adopted the slogan “sans jury ni récompense” (“without jury nor reward”). French artists Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and Odilon Redon were part of the founding group. In the three decades prior to World War I, most of the leading avant-garde artists in Europe exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants, including the Symbolists, FauvesCubists, Futurists and Orphists. The Salon des Indépendants continues to the present day with annual exhibitions of contemporary art.

Catalogue of the first Salon des Indépendants. Paris, December, 1884.