Girodet painted this picture for the Salon of 1800, which is the year when Napoleon as the First Consul declared amnesty, allowing thousands of emigrants to return without fear of execution. Things went back to normal, yet when we examine this picture in detail, we see a pinned down butterfly, broken strings, a monster doodled in the book. This kid does not feel like doing his homework; he has seen a lot.
Poster for Salon des Cent 20th Exhibition (1896). Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939). Held at the premises of the art journal La Plume. Lithograph. The Salon des Cent included lithographic works for sale by artists associated with La Plume which included Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Ensor and Grasset. This poster, which secured Mucha’s place in the group, introduced his archetypal style based on curved lines, light tones, flattened colours and strong outlines.