Reception of Manet's Olympia & Dejeuner sur l'Herbe


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What statement best defines the role of the Salon in nineteenth century France?

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1. Why was Manet's 'Déjeuner sur l'Herbe' (Luncheon in the Grass) (1863) rejected from the Salon?

2. Which renowned artists displayed works at the Salon des Refuses?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Manet's paintings 'Olympia' and 'Déjeuner sur l'Herbe' were highly controversial in their time. In this quiz and worksheet combination, you will be tested on how much you know about these paintings and why they were initially rejected by the art community.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on:

  • Artists who displayed works at the Salon des Refuses
  • The term mise en scene
  • What role the 19th century Salon played
  • How Olympia is designated as a prostitute

Skills Practiced

You will have opportunities to practice various study skills, including:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Manet's paintings 'Olympia' and 'Déjeuner sur l'Herbe'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what symbolism marks Olympia as a prostitute
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain why 'Déjeuner sur l'Herbe' was rejected from the Salon

Additional Learning

Deepen your understanding of the reaction to these two paintings by reviewing the related lesson, Reception of Manet's Olympia & D'jeuner sur l'Herbe. This lesson will address the following objectives:

  • Analyze the salon exhibition system of 19th century France
  • Identify the Salon des Refuses and its role in the art community
  • Describe the scene portrayed in 'Déjeuner sur l'Herbe'
  • Review why 'Déjeuner sur l'Herbe' was rejected by the Salon
  • Learn about 'Olympia' and how it was received
  • Explain why 'Olympia' was later accepted by the Salon