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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ross King Narrator: Tristan Layton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 2/19/2014

    " One of the best art books I have read in a long time. Manet I know; Messonier I barely remember from art history classes. One was poor most of his life; the other had everything. Big lesson to learn from here. COmpelling writing style as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ishtim | 2/13/2014

    " I have just finished reading The Judgement of Paris by Ross King. This is the second book i have read from this author and like the first one, "Michelangelo And The Pope's Ceiling", it is an equally enjoyable read. His depth into the social history of Paris during time of Manet and the Impressionist era, and of course art history is through and a very enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Staff Favorites | 1/31/2014

    " French history parades acros the pages of this book, yet it remains an enchanting and smooth read. --Madalene Cuglietta "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charles | 1/16/2014

    " I have a newfound respect for impressionism. This book was given to me by a dear friend. "

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