Gustave Caillebotte - The Floor Scrapers (1875-6)
Original on top, later version below
"Despite the effort Caillebotte put into the painting, it was rejected by France’s most prestigious art exhibition, The Salon, in 1875. The depiction of working-class people in their trade, not fully clothed, shocked the jurors and was deemed a ‘vulgar subject matter.’
The images of the floor scrapers came to be associated with Degas’s paintings of washerwomen, also presented at the same exhibition and similarly scorned as ‘vulgar’”.
The Salon was stopping artists from being independent.”If you want to be recognized, better do it the way we appreciate it”. They rejected so many amazing works, labelling them as ‘vulgar’. The Floor Scrapers are not ‘vulgar’, they are beautiful.