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The anatomy class at the Ecole des Beaux Arts


François Sallé


1839 - 26 Nov 1899


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Other Title

The anatomy class

Alternative title

Un cours d'anatomie à l'École de Beaux Arts à Paris



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Materials used

oil on canvas


218.0 x 299.0 cm sight; 239.0 x 321.6 x 10.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., oil "F SALLE 1888".


Purchased 1888

Accession number


Artist information

François Sallé

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Paris Salon, Paris/France, Purchased by the AGNSW from the Paris Salon 1888

Referenced in 12 publications


Anthony Bond, Body, 'Embodying the Real', pg. 11-80, Sydney, 1997, 30, 125 (colour illus.), 125-7, 144. figure 143, 136

Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'European art in the old courts', pg. 14-23, Sydney, 1984, 19.

École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Figures du corps, 2008, 265 (colour illus.). illustrated in reference to

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'European', pg. 36-56, Sydney, 1988, 41.

Martin Kemp, The human animal in Western art and science, 'Art and Atavism', pg.211-242, 2007, 230 (illus.), 231. fig.167

Martin Kemp, Nature, 'Science in culture: Armed with anatomy', pg.998, London, 2000, 998 (illus.).

Martin Kemp and Marina Wallace, Spectacular Bodies - The art and science of the human body from Leonardo to now, 3. 'Artists and Academies', pg.69-91, London, 2000, 76-77 (colour illus.), 75. 265

Jonathan Marshall, Forum for Modern Language Studies, vol.43, no.4, 'The priestesses of Apollo and the heirs of Aesculapius: medical art-historical approaches to ancient choreography after Charcot', pg.410-426, Oct 2007, 148 (illus.).

John McLachlan, Anatomy teaching: ghosts of the past, present and future, 2005, (illus.).

Wendy Symonds (Editor), Look, Heidelberg, Feb 1998, 25 (colour illus.).

Anna Waldmann, Renée Free and Nicholas Draffin, Salon and Académie: the charm of tradition: a catalogue of nineteenth-century European salon works, Sydney, 1984, (illus.). no catalogue numbers

Paul Wood, The Challenge of the Avant-Garde, 'Introduction', pg. 7-33, London, 1999, 28 (illus.), 29. plate no. 20