Women as Salonnières

Zinaida Volkonskaya’s salon in Moscow

Zinaida Volkonskaya‘s salon in Moscow

This series is inspired by Keiko Honda’s Artist in Residence (AIR) series which topped 100 salons in early 2016. I now realize that salons and women have a rich history together. I’m proud to join the ranks of salonnieres! (and all genders are very welcome).

Women were the center of the life in the salon and carried a very important role as regulators. They can select their guests and decide about the subjects of their meetings. Those subjects can be social, literary, or political. They also had the role as mediator by directing the discussion.

The salon was really an informal university for women in which women were able to exchange ideas, receive and give criticism, read their own works and hear the works and ideas of other intellectuals. Many ambitious women used the salon to pursue a form of higher education.[43]

from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salon_(gathering)#Salonni.C3.A8res_and_their_salons:_the_role_of_women




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