Hello, it’s Erika from small shop, and today for our "Design Under the Influence" I’d like to talk about the well-loved gallery wall. Seems that the popularity of this style of arrangement is still on the rise! I did a post last year before I decided to create my own gallery wall (above), and I kept finding more and more beautiful examples to share!
I bet you have a vague recollection from some image you may have seen somewhere that the gallery wall originated in pre-Revolutionary France. We have record of "salon" style art viewing from the exhibitions of recent graduate work at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris in the 1670’s. In 1737, the Academy began to hold the Salon for public viewing at the Louvre, and until the late 1800’s, the Salon was the first critical test for an artist’s success — if you didn’t make it here, you didn’t make it.
1785 Salon by Pietro Antonio Martini
That is, until Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and Fauvists hit the scene, and were NOT well-received at the traditional salons. This is where private salons like Gertrude Stein’s (see my previous "Design Under the Influence" post here) come in. Still hung floor to ceiling, the gallery wall in their home became a resource for off-the-radar artists like Picasso and Matisse to see works from contemporaries. But unlike the traditional Salon, this was in a private residence, and owned by a private collector.
Gertrude Stein’s Salon in Paris
Today, our gallery walls are much more akin to the Stein Salon: our little private collections of pieces we love and want to share and appreciate. When creating your own gallery wall, I have these 5 tips:
Last tip, get your good fill of inspiration from these excellent examples!
Do you have a gallery wall in your home? What are your tips and tricks for creating a successful display?