The Paris Salon served as Paris’ premier art exhibition, and this elite organization dictated the definition of art since the inception in 1667. Until 1880 their rule reigned over the art world, but with so many alternative factions starting to gain a foot hold - impressionists primarily – the Paris Salon slowly degraded from their original conservatory. Charles Hoffbauer was a French-born artist who painted a wide variety of subjects, many of which had historical interest. Hoffbauer introduced his painting, “Bonaparte” at the 1929 Paris Salon, and although no awards were won for this particular piece he was a recognized artist at the Salon. This image is from the Paris Salon program in 1929, a block print image of his stunning portrait of Bonaparte. Printed on heavy stock, the print measures 6 ¼ x 9.