The Salon d’Automne is held each year in October at the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées. It features work by French artists as well as artists from around the world, and is one of the most important art events in Paris.
The Salon d’Automne was founded in 1903 by French artist Henri Barbusse and other artists as a reaction to the stuffy atmosphere of the official government-sponsored Salon, which was seen as being too conservative. The first Salon d’Automne was held in October 1903, and featured work by artists such as Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.
In subsequent years, the Salon d’Automne has continued to be an important platform for showcasing new and innovative art. It has also been a site of political protest on occasion, such as in 2005, when a group of artists staged a “sit-in” to protest the policies of then-President Jacques Chirac.
The Salon d’Automne is one of the most important art events in Paris, and should not be missed by anyone interested in art and culture.