A Session of the Painting Jury
A Session of the Painting Jury is an oil-on-canvas painting by the French artist Henri Gervex, probably undertaken in 1885. The painting shows a meeting of the Paris Salon, the official exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, in a room on the first floor of the Palais de l'Industrie in 1883. It was itself exhibited at the Salon in 1885. Several artists of the time are identifiable in the painting including Félix-Joseph Barrias, Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, Léon Bonnat, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Alexandre Cabanel, Carolus-Duran, Gustave Achille Guillaumet and Antoine Vollon, who are involved in judging the works of art shown. A Session of the Painting Jury was designated a piece of official art during the Third Republic and has been in the collection of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris since 1981.Painting: Henri Gervex
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