Charles Baudelaire: Salon de 1859 [The Salon of 1859] (2293 words)


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 It would not be published again until 1868 in Curiosités esthétiques [Aesthetic Curiosities], the second volume of the posthumous edition of Baudelaire’s complete works.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 …

Citation: McKellar, Kenneth. "Salon de 1859". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 March 2016 [, accessed 18 June 2021.]

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