Limited Edition Giclee Prints at Eastside Art Salon in 2016
Eastside Art Salon is a new art space to support emerging artists in Vancouver! I have several art pieces at the Eastside Art Salon which is undergoing some renovations.
Salon as Social Gathering
A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine taste and increase their knowledge of the participants through conversation. Salon is from the French word salon for living room or parlor, of conversational gatherings. Usually this is a select group of intellectuals, artists and politicians who meet in the private residence of a socially influential and often wealthy person.
The word salon first appeared in France in 1664. It is derived from the Italian word salone, itself from sala, the large reception hall of Italian mansions. These salon gatherings often consciously followed Horace’s definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate”.
The Role of Women in the Salon
Historically, women were the center of the life in the salon and carried a very important role as regulators. They can select their guests and decide about the subjects of their meetings. Women also had the role as mediator by directing the discussion. The salon was really an informal university for women to exchange ideas, receive and give criticism, read their own works and hear the works and ideas of other intellectuals. Many ambitious women used the salon to pursue a form of higher education.
The most famous recent example is American novelist and playwright Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) who was known for her salon at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris, where Picasso, Matisse and other creative people would meet to discuss art, literature, politics and themselves.
Salon Art Exhibitions
The word salon also refers to art exhibitions. The Paris Salon was originally an officially-sanctioned exhibit of recent works of painting and sculpture by members of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture, starting in 1673 and soon moving from the Salon Carré of the Palace of the Louvre. Salons continued until quite recently, in urban settings among like-minded people.