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by Ross King

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Title:The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism
Authors:Ross King
Info:Walker & Company (2006), Paperback, 464 pages
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The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism by Ross King

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    The Masterpiece by Émile Zola (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Roman oder Sachbuch. Obwohl das Sachbuch von Ross King wirklich gut und lebendig geschrieben ist: noch besser, um das "Entstehen der modernen Malerei" und die Menschen dahinter zu verstehen, ist der Roman von Emile Zola. Ross King bezieht sich im übrigen auf Zola als Quelle.… (more)
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It's hard to believe that Impressionism, the almost universally loved school of art would ever have been regarded as dangerous and controversial. However, in the 1860's that's precisely how it was regarded by the powers that be in France. This entertaining group tells the story of the movement through two opposing artists of the time: Ernest Meissonier and Edouard Manet, the former an accepted and officially revered traditionalist and the latter a revolutionary at the vanguard of a new wave of art.

It also weaves the history of the time through the story, the rise of the Second Empire, Baron Haussmann's rebuilding of Paris, the Franco-Prussian War, the bloody Commune, and finally La Belle Epoch. A great read for those who love art, history and/or France ( )
  etxgardener | Oct 24, 2017 |
As good an introduction to the impressionist movement as I've read, though the end feels a bit rushed (and to be honest I haven't read all that many). Not quite to the same level as others of King's books, but still provides a very decent treatment of the evolution of the movement's critical reception. King's biographical details on the not-at-all-well-known-now Meissonier were fascinating, too. ( )
  JBD1 | Dec 30, 2016 |
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  clue | Dec 25, 2016 |
I love the Impressionists and found this book, not only an enjoyable read, but one the most understandable and comprehensive book about the whole movement. It not only covered the whole Impressionist period in Paris in the late 1800's, but also about the artist's personal lives, some history of the time and the ruling Bonaparte family. For anyone with an interest in this period of art ... I highly recommend this book.
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1 vote ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
In ten years, the art world was flipped upon its head.
In 1863, Ernest Meissonier was the most famous and successful artist of the century. He was beloved by patrons around the world. He was assured of having his paintings displayed in the Paris Salon, an annual show whose choices dictated which painters would receive commissions and acclaim in the art world. So many paintings were turned away that year that an alternate exhibition called the Salon des Refuses was created to display the works of rejected artists. One of these painters was Edouard Manet, whose controversial Le déjeuner sur l'herbe became the scandal and the star of the show. Over the next ten years, the two men came to represent two very different ideals of art, as the age of classical painting gave way to the rising tide of a new form of modern art. By 1874, the new style of painting would be christened “Impressionism”. One man would eventually be recognized as a radical who revolutionized art; the other would eventually fade into obscurity.

Even though I studied art history in college, and took classes that covered France in the 19th century, I had never heard of Ernest Meissonier. Looking at images of his paintings, it’s hard to believe that he was as wildly popular as he was. Alas, the poor man’s paintings don’t match modern tastes at all. It’s not as if he was without skill; but paintings of seventeenth century men about town and equestrian portraits just don’t excite our twenty-first century eyes.

King’s book helps explain why these images are no longer considered great. As he moves through the years, he highlights major historical events like the Franco-Prussian War and their impact on painting. He also showcases paintings like Le déjeuner sur l'herbe or Monet’s series of haystacks, what made them different and how they forced the definition of art to change and expand to encompass new meanings. But King really shines by bringing the day-to-day life of a painter to life. He makes the Paris streets live again, contrasting cafes with chattering bohemian artists with the quiet studio bathed in light where Meissonier labored over his masterpieces. He introduces not just painters, but also poets and writers active at the time, and shows the many connections between men like Manet and Emile Zola, or Charles Baudelaire.

The story moves quickly, too, at a brisk journalistic pace that doesn’t get bogged down in details, even when describing works of art. I really enjoyed King’s focus on a narrow slice of time that proved to be so instrumental in shaping art as we view it today. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802714668, Hardcover)

While the Civil War raged in America, another very different revolution was beginning to take 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, at its inception, quite so controversial. The drama of its birth, played out on canvas, would at times resemble a battlefield; and, as Ross King reveals, Impressionism would reorder both history and culture as it resonated around the world.

The Judgment of Paris chronicles the dramatic decade between two famous exhibitions--the scandalous Salon des Refuses in 1863 and the first Impressionist showing in 1874--set against the rise and dramatic fall of Napoleon III and the Second Empire after the Franco-Prussian War. A tale of many artists, it revolves around the lives of two, described as "the two poles of art"--Ernest Meissonier, the most famous and successful painter of the 19th century, hailed for his precision and devotion to history; and Edouard Manet, reviled in his time, who nonetheless heralded the most radical change in the history of art since the Renaissance. Out of the fascinating story of their parallel lives, illuminated by their legendary supporters and critics--Zola, Delacroix, Courbet, Baudelaire, Whistler, Monet, Hugo, Degas, and many more--Ross King shows that their contest was not just about Art, it was about competing visions of a rapidly changing world.

With a novelist's skill and the insight of an historian, King recalls a seminal period when Paris was the artistic center of the world, and a revolutionary movement had the power to electrify and divide a nation.

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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.

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