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The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism | [Ross King]

The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism

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 amid scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment. Indeed, no artistic movement has ever been, at its inception, quite so controversial.
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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 amid 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. With a novelist's skill and the insight of a historian, Ross King reveals how Impressionism would reorder both history and culture as it resonated around the world.

A tale of many artists, The Judgment of Paris 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 most fascinating story of their parallel lives, illuminated by their legendary supporters and critics, King recalls a seminal period when Paris was the artistic center of the world, and a revolutionary art movement had the power to electrify and divide a nation.

©2006 Ross King; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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"King is a master at linking pivotal moments in art history to epic rivalries....Supremely engaging and illuminating." (Booklist)

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    Bob Scappoose, Oregon, United States 04-11-14
    Bob Scappoose, Oregon, United States 04-11-14

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    It could have been better if the author wrote this book in chronological order - instead it skips back and forth from artist to year to event. Honestly, I couldn't finish it...much like my lima beans as a kid.


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    At times I was completely captivated, the other times I was saying to myself, "Wait, I thought we were talking about 1860, but now we're back in 1850."


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    Tristan was great. Well done sir.


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    I rarely write bad reviews because the books I choose to read are fabulous...except, well, this one. I feel bad for giving King a bad review...but I do rather want the 12 hours I spent reading (listening to) this back. Good day Mr. King.

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    Stephen D. Petersen Calabasas, CA USA 06-12-10
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    Rare insights into French and Parisian cultural history of the 1860-1870's. Expertly delivered.

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    Eoin San Francisco, CA, United States 07-04-09
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    What a wonderful audiobook! The narrator is perfectly matched and gives a terrific performance. It is delighfully entertaiing while at the same time being informative. Highly reccommended.

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    Dan Nast Jacksonville, FL USA 03-07-07
    Dan Nast Jacksonville, FL USA 03-07-07

    As an artist and a teacher, my tastes in books are quite diverse.

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    "The painting that changed everything"

    An engaging narrative surrounds the events of the creation of the most pivotal painting in modern art, "Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe." Better known to Americans as "Luncheon on the Grass," this painting marks the beginning of modern art, affecting every painting to come after it. Everything about this painting was different and radical: the scandalous subject matter, violations of perspective, confounding multiple light sources, and most of all the style of painting. Manet did paint it in the draftsman like style of the popular painters of the day, but in an "impressionistic" way.

    This is a must for any art history buff and an excellent story of French history for the less artistically inclined as well.

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    Randy J. Maurer 03-08-06 Member Since 2004
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    "The Judgment of a listener"

    I’ve always loved impressionism but was unaware of the cultural backdrop and the circumstances that shaped its emergence. Knowing more about this movement’s history can only increase your appreciation of the art. My only complaint is that this audio book should have been illustrated! Listening to it sent me time and again to the Internet to research artworks I was unfamiliar with and to look anew at works I’ve know for years. This book has earned the highest praise I can give an audio book – I’m buying the hard cover edition too!

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    loix Pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-29-06
    loix Pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-29-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Better on paper"

    The fact that this book traces the development of an important movement in visual art might be reason enough to recommend it as a book to read on paper rather than to listen to. Although the descriptions were very vivid and conjured up a fairly good representation of the works described (even works unfamiliar to the "reader"), there were quite a few occasions when I would have liked a closer look at the works alongside the descriptions. But another reason I might have enjoyed this book a great deal more on paper is the narrator, who had a very unconventional (and at times, not even consistent) way of stressing the many French words that populate the book; the erratic stress pattern became so jarring that I could not wait for the reading to end, even in the thick of a very well-constructed and engrossing narrative! The book on its own gets 5 stars, but its narration demotes the audio version to 3.

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    Christopher P. Mcmanaman Houston, Texas United States 08-30-09
    Christopher P. Mcmanaman Houston, Texas United States 08-30-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Too much for the lay person...."

    This book seemed to have zero flow...characters came in and out...scenes and time were jumping all over the place...it was like the laws of space and time seized to exist during the revolutionary decade that gave the world impressionism....

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    jc United States 05-12-07
    jc United States 05-12-07
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    "French pronunciation abominable"

    I'm a big fan of Ross King and this is an interesting history of a period of change in the world of painting. I would give it 5 stars if it were not for the narrator's incorrect and inconsistent pronunciation of the French words in almost every paragraph. This distracted me to the point that I found it difficult to pay attention to the substance of the book.

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    christine Seattle, WA 03-20-06
    christine Seattle, WA 03-20-06 Listener Since 2006

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    But not for audio, unless you have a real grasp on the artists during this time.

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