- In the early 1830s salons held Paris art galleries, and private exhibition of works that was rejected by the salon itself.
- A salon exhibit in 1863 was sponsored by the french government. The exhibition works was rejected by the jury of the official Paris Salon because the art created did not fit the criteria of what the officials were looking for. This was called the Salon de Refusees.
- Artists protested the salon rejection of more than 3,000 works which led them to exhibit their works outside the salon in 1874, starting with Manet who was rejected by the Salon jury in 1863, and seized the opportunity to exhibit Déjeuner sur l'herbe and two other paintings.
- Manets Déjeuner sur l'herbe painting sparked public notoriety and stirred up controversy and has remained controversial, even to this day.
- The exhibition outside the salon was done in order for impressionist artists to gain recognition.
- Later on, Emperor Napoleon III announced that the rejected artists could exhibit their works in an annex to the salon.