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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ross King Narrator: Tristan Layton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781593978785
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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 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, Impressionism would reorder both history and culture as it resonated around the world.

The Judgment of Paris chronicles the dramatic decade between two famous exhibitions—the scandalous Salon des Refuses 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 competing visions of a rapidly changing world.

With a novelist's skill and the insight of an historian, King recalls a seminal period when Paris was the artistic center of the world, and a revolutionary movement had the power to electrify and divide a nation.

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  • A fluid, engaging account of how the conflicting careers of two French painters-the popular establishment favorite Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier and the oft-reviled newcomer Édouard Manet-reveal the slow emergence of Impressionism and its new view of painting and the world.... Of great interest is the savage reception (including laughter and disgust and disdain-even from friends) that Manet endured year after year at the Salons. (He fought a feckless duel with one critic.) A weaker man might have considered another career. King illustrates that the clash of ideas is even more exciting than the clang of swords. Kirkus starred review
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2007

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guy | 2/13/2017

    " The Judgement of Paris gives a detailed and thoroughly entertaining historical account of the genesis of the Impressionist Movement in France during the 19th century. This isn't a book only for artists, but rather a well told history of Paris through the eyes of a struggling art movement. The book was so enthralling I found myself looking up the work of these artists on my iPad while the narrator spoke, heightening the experience. For anyone who loves Impressionism, has been, or is planning to visit Paris, this is a must read. For anyone else, it is a cracking good story and I guarantee one will want to visit Paris or see the incredible works discussed or both. I checked this book out from the library initially, but had to purchase the title so I can listen to it over and again, its that good. "

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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.