The Eight "Impressionist" Exhibitions, 1874-1886

A List of the Dates and Participating Artists

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.

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Public Domain photograph
Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). Impression, Sunrise, 1873. Oil on canvas. 48 x 63 cm (18 7/8 x 24 13/16 in.). © 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

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1876 - The Second Impressionist Exhibition

Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum; used with permission
Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894). The Floor Scrapers, 1876. Oil on canvas. 31 1/2 x 39 3/8 in. (80 x 100 cm). Private Collection

Exhibition of Painting

11 rue le Peletier, Paris

April 1 - 30; 10 am - 5 pm

Entrance fee: 1 franc

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1877 - The Third Impressionist Exhibition

Image © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; used with permission
Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906). Landscape near Paris, ca. 1876. Oil on canvas. 19 3/4 x 23 5/8 in. (50.2 x 60 cm). Chester Dale Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 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

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1879 - The Fourth Impressionist Exhibition

© National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; used with permission
Mary Stevenson Cassatt (American, 1844-1926). Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878. Oil on canvas. Overall: 89.5 x 129.8 cm (35 1/4 x51 1/8 in.). Collection of Mr. And Mrs. Paul Mellon. 1983.1.18. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. © 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

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© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; used with permission
Mary Stevenson Cassatt (American, 1844-1926). The Tea (Le Thé), about 1880. Oil on canvas. 64.77 x 92.07 cm (25 1/2 x36 1/4 in.). M. Theresa B. Hopkins Fund, 1942. 42.178. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. © 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

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Image provided by Sotheby's; used with permission
Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1880-81, cast ca. 1922 Painted bronze with muslin and silk Object: 98.4 x 41.9 x 36.5 cm Private Collection. 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

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Photo © RBA, Köln; used with permission
Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895). The Harbor at Nice, 1881-82. Oil on canvas. 41.4 cm x 55.3 cm (16 1/4 x 21 3/4 in.). Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Köln. 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

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1886 - The Eighth Impressionist Exhibition

© The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Georges-Pierre Seurat (French, 1859-1891). Study for "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte," 1884-85. Oil on canvas. 27 3/4 x 41 in. (70.5 x 104.1 cm). Bequest of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951. © 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

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Source

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