The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism by Ross King

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Read The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism Online Free - 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.

Title : The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
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ISBN : 0802715168
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 464 pages


AC rated it ★★★★★

July 06, 2014

This review MAY contain a spoiler -- I'm not sure..., it's hard for me to tell…. (It has taken me quite a while to write this review -- I wasn't sure why…. I thought maybe I was just being busy, or just being lazy…; but I think the reason is deeper than that.... Anyway, this is what I originally w...

Chrissie rated it ★★★☆☆

May 02, 2017

The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism is a good book, but I would not recommend it to everyone. It is dense. It is chockfull of details, and in parts excessively so, the information at times verging on gossip. A quarter of the way through, I was about t...

HBalikov rated it ★★★☆☆

October 31, 2016

I believe many of us fall into the category: “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like.” For those who want to know more about Impressionism, the style of painting that created a revolution in the world of art, this book offers a view of the decade that led up to that shift. If you love...

Dvora rated it ★★★★☆

April 12, 2011

I very much enjoyed this history of the beginnings of Impressionism in France. It was well written, fairly well illustrated (there is always the internet for looking up more of the paintings mentioned, but I hate getting up from my reading to do that), and the subject matter and people involved w...

Robert rated it ★★★★★

April 15, 2012

Stirring and dramatic. The book tells the story of a sea-change in art by concentrating on two painters, Manet and Messonier. If you've never heard of Meissonier, don't worry--few have. He was the most successful French painter in the second half of the 19th century, but his reputation collapsed...

Lori rated it ★★★★☆

March 28, 2011

This is an excellent exploration of the political, social and artistic background that led to the birth of Impressionism. It is a very detailed, in-depth look at the artists Manet and Meissonier, their work and how that work both exemplified and defied the artistic trends and political environmen...

Frank rated it ★★★★☆

June 17, 2010

Ross King, author of the pop-histories "Brunelleschi's Dome" and "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling," writes another great story that combines artistic and political intrigue. This is a tale of the 1860s in France, when Edouard Manet and the not-yet-named Impressionists challenged the artistic...

Lisa rated it ★★★★☆

April 10, 2017

I came across The Judgement of Paris via GoodReads where the Art Lovers group were reading it, and it’s a most interesting book. It’s the story of the birth of the Impressionist movement and the initial hostile reception by conservative forces in Paris, but the book also traverses the tumultuous...

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads rated it ★★★★☆

October 07, 2011

Very interesting study of the French art scene in the 1860s and 1870s, and also a requiem for the Second Empire. The stars of the show, however, are two artists at opposite poles from each other: Edouard Manet and Ernest Meissonier. Meissonier, for those who haven't heard of him (which would incl...

Adrian rated it ★★★★☆

June 27, 2010

King's exploration of the birth of Impressionism, which he considers the greatest revolution in art since the Italian Renaissance, interweaves the stories of two French artists: Ernest Meissanier, the most famous artist of his time who is now derided, dismissed, and virtually forgotten by art his...

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