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The Eight "Impressionist" Exhibitions, 1874-1886

A List of the Dates and Participating Artists

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In 1874, the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, etc. exhibited their works at the former studio of the photographer Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, 1820-1910) at 35 Boulevard des Capucines in Paris. Dubbed the Impressionists by the critics that year, the group did not adopt the name until 1877.

The idea of exhibition independently was radical. No group of artists organized a self-promoting show outside of the official French Academy's annual Salon. Their first exhibition marks the turning point for art marketing in the modern era.

Follow the links for full details on each exhibition.

1874 - The First Impressionist Exhibition

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© Musée Marmottan, Paris

The Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, etc.

35 Boulevard des Capucines, Paris, France

April 15 - May 15; 10 am - 6 pm and 8 pm - 10 pm

Entrance fee: 1 franc

1876 - The Second Impressionist Exhibition

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Private Collection

Exhibition of Painting

11 rue le Peletier, Paris

April 1 - 30; 10 am - 5 pm

Entrance fee: 1 franc

1877 - The Third Impressionist Exhibition

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Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Exhibition of Painting

6 rue le Peletier, Paris

April 1 - 30; 10 am - 5 pm

Entrance fee: 1 franc

1879 - The Fourth Impressionist Exhibition

© National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; used with permission
© National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Exhibition of Independent Artists

28 Avenue de l’Opéra, Paris

April 10 - May 11; 10 am - 6 pm

Entrance fee: 1 franc

1880 - The Fifth Impressionist Exhibition

© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; used with permission
© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Exhibition of Painting

10 rue des Pyramides (at the corner of rue la Sainte-Honoré), Paris

April 1 - 30; 10 am - 6 pm

Entrance fee: 1 franc

1881 - The Sixth Impressionist Exhibition

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Image provided by Sotheby's

Exhibition of Painting

35 Boulevard des Capucines, Paris

April 2 - May 1; 10 am - 6 pm

Entrance fee: 1 franc

1882 - The Seventh Impressionist Exhibition

Photo © RBA, Köln; used with permission
Photo © RBA, Köln

Exhibition of Independent Artists

251, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris

(Salon du Panorama du Reichenshoffen)

March 1 - 31; 10 am - 6 pm

Entrance fee: 1 franc

1886 - The Eighth Impressionist Exhibition

© The Metropolitan Museum of Art
© The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition of Painting

1 rue Lafitte (at the corner of the Boulevard des Italiens), Paris

May 15 - June 15; 10 am - 6 pm

Entrance fee: 1 franc

Source

Moffett, Charles et al. The New Painting: Impressionism 1874-1886.
San Francisco: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1986.

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