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The day the Salon des Refusés sparked a historic shift for art

May 15, On This Day From rejects to icons Beginning in 1667, the annual Paris Salon, sponsored by the French government and the Academy of Fine Arts, was a showcase of the best academic art. Its conservative views, however, led to some intrigue in the selection of artists and art, say historic reports, and they...

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Meet one of the harbingers of Modern Art

April 30, On This Day Manet, an Impressionist herald A pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism, French modernist painter Édouard Manet was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life. Born in January 1832, he died on April 30 1883. His early masterworks are today considered watershed paintings that mark...