Thursday, 26 November 2015

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Salons began as a way for a small group of elite women to satisfy their educational needs and evolved into meeting of intellectuals guided by individual hostess. The most famous of these salonnieres was Marie-Therese Geoffrin, who actually ran two different salons, one on Mondays for artists and another on Wednesdays for men of letters. Participants, requiring letters of introduction, were admitted on the basis of their accomplishment, rather than their social status, itself a radical departure from the norms of contemporary society.


The main activity of the salons was conversation.






















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