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The Judgment of Paris by Ross King


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King, Ross

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The revolutionary decade that gave the world Impressionism


Walker & Company

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The Judgment of Paris By Ross King  This 448 page hard cover book is in Very Good condition. No writing, torn, or folded pages. Spine and cover boards are clean and straight, binding is tight, minor bumps to corners. Dust jacket has tears. The Judgment of Paris: 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, it would reorder both history and culture, and resonate around the world. The Judgment of Paris chronicles the dramatic decade between two famous exhibitions: the scandalous Salon des RefusÃs 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 how to see the world. With a novelist's skill and the perception of an historian, King recalls a seminal period when artistic expression had the power to electrify and divide a nation.

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