The Judgment of Paris

The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
King, Ross, 1962- (Book - 2007 )
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The Judgment of Paris

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Chronicles the origins of Impressionism against the backdrop of the artistic and cultural events of the nineteenth century as exemplified in the work of two artists--Ernest Meissonier and Edouard Manet.

McMillan Palgrave
While the Civil War raged in America, another revolution took shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris: The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amidst scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment. Indeed, no artistic movement has ever been quite so controversial. The drama of its birth, played out on canvas and against the backdrop of the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune, would at times resemble a battlefield; and as Ross King reveals, it would reorder both history and culture, and resonate around the world.

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The critically acclaimed author of Brunelleschi's Dome chronicles the origins of Impressionism against the backdrop of the artistic and cultural events of the nineteenth century as exemplified in the work of two artists--Ernest Meissonier, the most successful artist of his era, and Edouard Manet, reviled in his time but who heralded a radical change in the history of art. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.

Authors: King, Ross, 1962-
Statement of Responsibility: Ross King
Title: The judgment of Paris
the revolutionary decade that gave the world impressionism
Publisher: New York :, Walker & Company,, 2007
Edition: Pbk. ed
Characteristics: xiii, 448 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), ports. ;,24 cm.
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If you like art, history and travel then Ross King has it all wrapped up in one volume. This book transports you to France in the late 19th century and to the art and artists that gave rise to impressionism. Fascinating, compeling. I suggest you also take out an art book on the period with lots of plates so you can see the paintings about which he writes!

"The Paris art world went from celebrating large historical canvases in shades of brown and gray to those featuring riots of color in the decade that King covers so well. Sample factoid: Manet couldn't give away his paintings (any one of which will now cost you in excess of $45 million)." Top Ten Books of 2010: John McFarland, reviewer


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