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4.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 5 4.19 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ross King Narrator: Tristan Layton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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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 nineteenth 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cdoming3 | 2/16/2014

    " Not for the light reader. It's heavy, tremendously detailed - but WOW. The Parisians ate all of the animals in the Paris zoo because they were starving. Even the elephants. This was in the 1870's.... This is not what the book is about - but it's one of those details thats tickes with you. It's a rich, educational experience of the historical and artistic events that lead to the impressionistic movement in art. Fascinating. Thos e that will enjoy it know exactly who you are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 2/13/2014

    " Well written and believable. I had no idea the tough conditions artist lived in and how historical events constricted their works acceptance into the art world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Boyd | 2/13/2014

    " 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 almost instantly after his death. But choosing these two artists to focus on doesn't take away from the other artists whose stories intersect in the Paris of the 1960s. Courbet is an especially appealing character, as are Gerome and Cabanel, as are the members of the new generation--Whistler, Degas, Monet, Morisot, etc. (Even some elderly old masters make appearances--Ingres and Delacroix.) But perhaps the best part of the book is its explication of the importance and complex politics of the Salon, the biannual then annual art competition held in Paris where the best of the best was chosen first by a jury then by public opinion. The establishment of the Salon des Refuses by the emperor, Louis Napoleon himself, is but one surprise in the book. Of course, economics and international politics play a part--culminating in the Franco-Prussian war (which ends the 2nd empire) and the crushing of the Paris Commune. This book had a novelistic momentum. The birth of modernism turns out to be a very complex human story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacki | 2/11/2014

    " I loved this book. It chronicles two artist's lives- Messioner and Manet, in the 1860's. It provides all the cultural, political, personal and artistic background to their paintings, and the whole Impressionism movement. You see everyone's personalities and shortcomings, and even better, the author actually makes one understand the french-prussian war (I'm not a war history person, so that was good). Anyone who loves Art history, humanities, or this time period, a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elise | 1/14/2014

    " More of a survey of events, rather than an examination of how the societal conditions affected the success (or lack thereof) of the two artists and styles. It moved slowly and I would have enjoyed reading more analysis of the broader implications of the art, but interesting subject matter nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/14/2014

    " I will never look at the Impressionists the same way again. This book made them come alive. People who I thought simply suffered for their new kind of art in some sort of artsy way REALLY suffered--not only for their art, but also through a tumultuous chapter in French history. In the span of about 12 years, art changed forever. I never thought about the connections between Manet's painting of Maximillian in front of the firing squad in light of French politics. I never thought about how closely tied the French art establishment was with French government. This book added a wealth of dimensions to these painters. Remarkable page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 1/13/2014

    " extremely well written and exhaustively researched- it reads like a novel. this book made me appreciate manets art so much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff Cain | 12/21/2013

    " Tina turned me on to Ross King and I am forever grateful. His books are so much fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larryg | 12/21/2013

    " A very readable history of the beginnings of impressionism. This book does not give detailed analyses of individual paintings but it does provide a good deal of background that helps to understand where Manet and Monet were coming from and how their contemporaries reacted to their work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 12/7/2013

    " Great read with insight into the politics of the Salon, the old guard of the art establishment, and the new painters of impressionism. The story focuses primarily on the experiences of Manet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 11/3/2013

    " fabulous audiobook. Excellent reader. wonderful non-fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Newton | 11/2/2013

    " Dryly written but highly informative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 10/12/2013

    " While this book had interesting moments, it was bogged down with minute details about how the Salon worked in Paris. Too much bureaucratic detail for me and not enough about the art itself or the artists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas Hunter | 7/23/2013

    " A mightily impressive job by Ross King. I studied art and art history university, and dearly wish this highly readable work on the events leading to the creation of the Impressionist movement existed then. Superb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 4/13/2012

    " A must read for everyone who is interested in art and history. I love Mr. King's writing style -- not too "scholarly" or text book-like. Relates the different artists to each other and personall and through their works. Makes you think about the processes and the results. Lovely read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lili | 2/28/2012

    " If you are an artist or a lover of art this book is a great read. It situates the reader at the vanguard of the impressionist movement and is full of surprising twists and turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 8/28/2011

    " A highly readable account of two different artists and the birth of the Impressionist movement in Paris during the 1800s. A great read for anyone interested in art history or European history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne Dalgety | 7/26/2011

    " Excellent read about art in 19th century France historical vs beginning of impressionism "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally Smith | 7/18/2011

    " I love history and I love Impressionists paintings, so I thought I'd love this book, but it had too much detail; it read too much like a textbook. I did learn a lot about France and its art from the 1800s, but it was a real slog to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/5/2011

    " I read this as research for my novel, My Phantom: The Memoir of Christine Daaé. The artistic ferment of 19th century Paris is clearly explained by this excellent study of two painters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam | 4/10/2011

    " This was one of the best books that I've read in years. It taught me about an important and crucial epoch in art history while learning about the 1860s-70s in Paris and France in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 12/21/2010

    " fabulous audiobook. Excellent reader. wonderful non-fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 micha | 12/5/2010

    " HArder to get through than the others have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 9/13/2010

    " Read this book after seeing the Impressionist exhibits at the DeYoung and the Legion of Honor. Great rendering of the struggle between the reigning, government and establishment-accepted artists and the new "impressionist" artists in the 1860's through 1880's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 8/21/2010

    " History that reads like a novel. Formidable ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/4/2010

    " Essentially a dual biography about Edouard Manet and his predecessor, Ernest Meissonier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Staff Favorites | 6/17/2010

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

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About the Author
Author Ross King

Ross King is the highly praised author of Brunelleschi’s Dome (the Book Sense Nonfiction Book of the Year in 2000), Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling (on the New York Times extended bestseller list), The Judgment of Paris, Machiavelli, and two novels, Ex Libris and Domino. He lives outside Oxford in England.

About the Narrator

Tristan Layton has performed in plays in London and New York and has served as a television host. He’s done voice work for documentaries as well as for television and radio commercials. His audiobook credits include reading Ross King’s The Judgment of Paris, Sebastian Faulks’ Devil May Care, and David Nicholls’ The Understudy. Known as “The Master of Accents,” Tristan currently lives in New York.