The newspaper responded quickly to the importance of the Salon as cultural and social event and featured its first Salon compte rendu on 2 April 1843, entitled the "Boulangerie du Louvre." (8) The analogy between food and painting continues to run throughout the 1840s and as late as 1867, either under the "Boulangerie" rubric or that of the "Musee royal de tartines," authored by the fictitious "Phileas Badigeon
" and "Kathinka Crouton." These articles systematically interpret the paintings on display at the Salon either as foodstuffs, or as paintings of foodstuffs: "Je vous jure," writes the critic of his visit to the Louvre in 1843, "que je me suis promene trois heures durant, entre deux haies d'epinards.
Les proprietaires, pour la plupart, ne parviennent plus a joindre les deux bouts, encore moins passer un coup de badigeon
sur les facades de leurs locaux ternis par l'usure.