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I really like this painting very much. What makes it special for me is the contrast between the fine, crowded and colourful painted figures in serene white clothing and the fine carved white frame with flower motifs in relief.
In 1874, eleven years after the first Salon des Refusés, Impressionism first clearly defined itself. More than thirty young French painters together exhibited 165 works in a studio in Paris. They did that at a strategic time, exactly a month before the official annual Salon was to open....