Charles Baudelaire, Salon de 1859 [The Salon of 1859]

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Charles-Pierre Baudelaire’s

Salon de 1859


The Salon of 1859

] is one of his most important pieces of art criticism. During Baudelaire’s lifetime (1821-1867) the work appeared only in the form of a series of letters addressed to the director of the

Revue française


The French Review

], published in four instalments throughout June and July 1859, and consequently it was not widely read at the time. It would not be published again until 1868 in

Curiosités esthétiques


Aesthetic Curiosities

], the second volume of the posthumous edition of Baudelaire’s complete works. The

Salon de 1859

is certainly one of the chief cornerstones of Baudelaire’s reputation as “the father of modern art criticism” (Mayne, “Editor’s Introduction”, in Baudelaire,

The Mirror of Art

, ix, xix). The

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Citation: McKellar, Kenneth. "Salon de 1859". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 March 2016 [, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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