Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Back to the Wadsworth Atheneum's exhibition of its French artwork.
In 19th century Paris and London, annual salons displayed their best works in a densely packed, multi-tier format.
The format was also adopted by the wealthy citizens of Hartford. Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt -- wife of arms merchant Samuel Colt -- was a big collector and displayed her collection salon style at her mansion, Armsmear, less than a mile from the Wadsworth Atheneum. After she died, Mrs. Colt gave her collection to the museum, and many works she once owned are shown here in the museum's exhibition of its French paintings.