This week-end, the National Society of Fine Arts organizes, like every year, at the Carrousel du Louvre its Fine Arts Salon (Salon des Beaux Arts). With an entrance free of admission and hosting painters, sculptors, photographers and illustrators from all backgrounds, the Art fair attracts over 15 000 annual visitors:
A historical Art fair
The Salon des Beaux Arts has been organized by the National Society of Fine Arts for over a century. In fact, this organization was recognized to be of public utility since 1909 and remains under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic ever since. Its goal is to promote French and foreign Artists in the fields of painting, sculpture, engraving, photography and illustration. As a result, the idea is to make each Artist known for his / her Artworks to both the audience and Art professionals. Therefore, the Society remains faithful to the spirit of its founders. It is in 1861 that painter and engraver Louis Martinet along with Théophile Gautier founded the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts. The idea was to oppose the Official Salon and to make Art independent. Artists are supported to teach them how to develop their career on their own which echoes Art-Trope‘s mission.
A multi-faceted 2017 edition
In 2011, the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts celebrated its 150th anniversary. Six years later, the Society keeps putting together Artists, Art lovers and professionals for a generous and unifying Art fair. On this occasion, its team mainly composed by volunteers welcomes visitors from December 7th to December 10th, 2017 at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. Once again, this year’s edition puts the spotlight on several foreign delegations such as Canada and Turkey. As a result, the Salon des Beaux Arts hosts over 300 Artists and gives several awards for each discipline. Such awards include the one called “Aide ADAGP” (the French Non Profit for the Author Rights of the Graphic and Plastic Art) which is also the main partner of the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts.
An invitation to discovery
The opening of the Salon des Beaux Arts, which took place on December 7th and to which Art-Trope attended, was marked by the performance of Artist Thomas Dartigues aka Dectwo. Effectively, during the opening night, the Artist drew a mural on a wall made of paper. As a result, the Artwork represents his urban and contemporary perspective on the city of Paris. Therefore, Executive Director Isabelle Lawson stated on the occasion of the opening speech: “Get closer to each Artwork (…) Artists express both their exterior and inner visions”. Art-Trope posted several Art pieces on social media and we encourage you to check it out and share it.
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