The Experts

Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps French

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In this satirical work, first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1839, elegantly dressed "experts" examine a landscape in the style of the seventeenth-century painter Nicolas Poussin. Decamps's generation, including such figures as Théodore Rousseau and Jules Dupré, sought to challenge the prevailing view that the art of the past should dictate contemporary taste.

Scenes in which monkeys are engaged in human activities—singeries in French—are part of a tradition that can be traced to Antiquity.

The Experts, Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps (French, Paris 1803–1860 Fontainebleau), Oil on canvas

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