The Salon in the history

The Salon d’Automne was created in 1903, in Paris, thanks to the goodwill of several artists fighting against a powerfull academicism that existed at that time. Over the last 100 years, its exhibitors have been witnesses of the emergence of the most important artistic movements of the century including : Fauvism, Surrealism, Cubism, Abstract art, New Figuration and Singular Art.


In 1903, the Salon d'Automne was created in the basement of the Petit Palais, where, in reaction to the academism in place at the time, several friends gathered around the architect Frantz Jourdain, including Guimard, Carrière, Desvallières, Bonnard, Rouault, Vallotton, Vuillard, Matisse, and many others. They decided to organize an independent exhibition to promote the avant-garde and the innovative ideas of their time. Championing the concept of multi-disciplinary and equality in the arts, the Salon d’Automne was born.

From 1904, following the success of the first exhibition, this young salon has since been hosted in the glass and metal structure of the Grand Palais. In 1905, it witnessed Fauvisms spectacular beginning, a major art scandal at that time.

As the years passed, the Salon d’Automne precipitated the emergence of all the major artistic trends of the 20th century: Surrealism, Cubism, Abstraction, New Figuration, and Singular Art. It includes all the greatest names in modern painting, from Cézanne to Picasso, the Paris School, Dali, Zao Wou Ki and Antonio Manfredi (2014) or Moebius (2015).
It also covers sculpture with artists such as Maillol, Rodin, Camille Claudel, Bourdelle, Duchamp Villon and Ousmane Sow. All of the arts have been represented, both known or less known, in music, from Debussy or Ravel to Didier Lockwood, in poetry, from Apollinaire, Aragon or more recently Glissant, Simeon and Bonnefoy. The Salon d'Automne is undoubtedly the champion of all art forms, regardless of hierarchy.

Thanks to five generations of artists who have been faithful to the founders ethics, and volunteered to serve on its committees, the Salon d'Automne continues its generous action, supporting artistic creation in all its forms. Recognized as a public service since 1920, the Salon d'Automne is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.


Frantz Jourdain

Frantz Jourdain, architect, writer and art lover, on the initiative of the Salon d'Automne.

The history of the Salon through its posters and catalogues

Since its inception, the Salon has published a yearly poster and catalog. At the very beginning, only the covers of the catalog were illustrated.

Many of the 20th century's greatest painters and artists contributed to these posters and catalogs throughout the years: Van Dongen, Rouault, Braque, Lotiron, Desvallières… all the way to Léo Kouper, Cabu, Wolinski and Moebius in 2015.




Missing posters and catalogues

We are currently working on the gathering of all posters from previous editions and we are looking for the following posters
If you do own one of these posters, please let us know !

1912 | 1913
1920 | 1922 | 1923
1940 | 1946 | 1947 | 1948 | 1949
1950 | 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1956
1960 | 1961 | 1966


Photographies : © Roger Viollet
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