Impressionist’s Exhibits in Paris

In 1863 Louis Napoleon III decreed that the citizens of Paris should be allowed to judge the quality and standards of art for themselves.  For the previous 100 years, the content and style of French art had been judged solely by the Académie des Beaux-Arts.  They preferred historical subjects, religious themes which were “finished” images.  Therefore, Napoleon III established the Salon des Refusés to allow the public to view the more modern artist’s work of landscapes and contemporary life.  Artists such as Pierre-August Renoir, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Édouard Manet Alfred Sisley, and Paul Cézanne submitted their works to this exhibition.  Many of their works won prizes, garnered commissions and developed a following.

Renoir's La Balancoire(3rd Exhibition)
Renoir’s La Balancoire
(3rd Exhibition)

Ten years later, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and Sisley organized the Société Anonyme Coopérative des Artistes Peintres, Sculpteurs, Graveurs (“Cooperative and Anonymous Association of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers”) in order to exhibit their works independently.  Soon after, Cezanne, Berthe Morisot and Edgar Degas joined them to exhibit their plein air paintings.

In April 1874, thirty artists participated in exhibiting their work together in the studio of a famous photographer Nadar on Boulevard Capucines in the 2er Arrondisment of Paris.  Over the next 12 years, many of these artists showed their works in eight total exhibitions and changed the world of art forever.

This week I had the wonderful opportunity to visit each of these eight locations where the Impressionists exhibited their works. I stood on the street corners and tried to visualize mid nineteenth century Paris, a time of change after war and after Napoleon III rebuilt the city.

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Caillebotte’s “Le pont de l’Europe” (Kimbell)
3rd Exhibition

Listed below are the eight exhibitions, their locations, some of the more well-known artists which exhibited and their works, accompanied by photos of the current buildings and surroundings.  For all of you Impressionist’s fanatics, comme moi, ENJOY!!





Impressionist Exhibitions

1st Exhibition: ( 1874 )     35, blvd des Capucines :    Monet : Blvd des Capucines : Déjeuner /  Renoir : Danseuse ; Tête de femme

1st Exhibition35 Blvd des Capucines
1st & 6th Exhibitions
35 Blvd des Capucines








and 6th Exhibition: ( 1881 )  35, blvd des Capucines:    Cassatt:  La Lecture:  Le jardin;  L’Automne;  Le the;  Mere et Enfant  

 2nd Exhibition:  (1876)   11, rue Le Peletier:    Caillebotte :  Raboteurs de parquets (d’Orsay) ;  Jeune homme à sa fenêtre/   Monet Argenteuil ;  La Plage à  Sainte-                     Adresse ;  Le Printemps/    Renoir :  Femme et Enfant ;  Liseuse ;  Femme au Piano ;  Frederic Bazille

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3rd Exhibition 6 rue Le Peletier

3rd Exhibition:  (1877 )  6, rue Le Peletier:   Caillebotte :  Rue de Paris :  Temps de pluie (AIC) ;  Le pont de l’Europe (Kimbell Museum) ; Monet Le Gare St-Lazare arrive d’un train ;  Les Tuileries ;Les Dindons/   Renoir :  La Balançoire (d’Orsay) ; Bal au Moulin de la Galette (d’Orsay)


4th Exhibition (1879)    28, Ave de l’Opera:    Caillebotte Canotiers/  Cassatt :  Portrait de petit fille ;  Femme dans une loge ;  Femme lisant/   Monet :  Zaandam ; Bords de la seine ;  La rue St. Denis


View down the Ave de l'Opera (Opera Garnier)
View down the Ave de l’Opera (Opera Garnier)
4th exh 28 ave opera
4th Exhibition 28 Ave de l’Opera


5th Exhibition (1880)     10, rue des Pyramides:    Caillebotte :  Vue pris à travers un balcon, Vue de Paris soleil/ t :  Le thé ; Homme lisant ;  Le soir

5th Exhibition10 rue des Pyramides
5th Exhibition
10 rue des Pyramides










7th Exhibition (1882  )     251, rue Saint-Honoré:    Caillebotte :  Homme au balcon ;  Fruits (MFA) ;  Chemin vert /   Monet :Soleil couchant sur la seine, effet d’hiver ;  Chrysanthèmes ;  La cote à Trouvaille/     Renoir Les deux sœurs :  Un déjeuner à Bougival ;  Vue de Vènice

7th exh 251 rue st honore
7th Exhibition 251 rue Saint-Honore


8th Exhibition (1886 )     1, rue Lafitte:    Cassatt :  Jeune fille à la fenêtre : Jeune fille au jardin ;  Enfants sur la plage ; Mère et Enfant : petit déjeuner au lit/  Seurat :  Un dimanche à la Grande Jatte (AIC);



View down Lafitte(Sacre Coeur)
8th Exhibition:  1 rue Lafitte
(Sacre Coeur)










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Further Readings:

“Renoir’s Bal au Moulin de la Galette”

“Where to find Renoir in the United States”