The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
King looks at two decades of French history focusing on two exhibitions of paintings, one in 1863 and the other in 1874. The battlefield between the artistic establishment and the new Impressionism is told through the lives of...more
I wanted to add that after reading this, I am...more
This is not a book for the casual art observer, but an in-depth exploration for those seriously interested in...more
Most interesting is King's ability to tease out the relations between the political and artistic world, which were ad...more
'In this bitch of a life, one can never be too well armed'
- Edouard Manet
Popular art history, for some, may sound like a nightmare incarnate. However, as an A-Level art history student frantically trying to revise the 19th century this book was a godsend and, although I did not finish it before the exam, it helped immensely.
Through King's easy prose, you really get a sense for the artists that are being spoken about - the motivations for their paintings as well as the everyday lives that they l...more
My only problem was that when cross-checking some of King's quotes and figures I came across references that made me a little uncomfortable with including them in my paper because they seemed to be interpreted a little too...more
The book centers around two french painters Édouard Manet and Ernest Meissonier. The latter being very highly acclaimed during his lifetime and the former, being - using today's terms, considered a hack, by many of his contemporaries. The book takes us throu...more
King is apparently a bigger admirer of the Impressionists because I felt his writing of Ernest Messionier bias and unfair. If in his lifetime the man found his wealth and fame...more
The book focuses a great deal on the life story of Edouard Manet, who is one of my fa...more
(It has taken me quite a while to write this review -- I wasn't sure why…. I thought maybe I was just being busy, or just being lazy…; but I think the reason is deeper than that.... Anyway, this is what I originally wrote, and didn't post, when I finished the book:)
This was the perfect book for me. I knew just enough to profit from this informed and intelligent review of the roots of Impressionism and this fascinatin...more
Ross King has an impressive track record chronicling the transformative nature of genius. His Brunelleschi's Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling (**** Mar/Apr 2003) wrapped their author's extensive knowledge of European culture in brisk, compelling prose. King continues his march through art history's great moments in The Judgment of Paris and emerges with another triumph. Though the central drama is focused on Manet and Meissonier, The Boston Globe criticizes the book as "at heart an i...more
The tale of the two artist provides an insightful social commentary of 19c. France, and it was this interweaving of social and political history that had me more than ready to attend my first da...more
The book is extremely well written...more
To represent the opposing forces, King focuses on Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891) and Edouard Manet (1...more
I enjoyed it. However, it was really slow. There were many redundant words and some sentences could've been more concise.
But it gave me a new view to Impressionism. In fact, I've never enjoyed walking through art museums as much as I do now. (I'm especially excited seeing Manet's works.) I've never seen Meissonier's works! Ever! I wish I could, their descriptions and feelings that Ross King described really swayed me.
Interested in art/art histo...more
Ross King (born July 16, 1962) is a Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer. He began his career by writing two works of historical fiction in the 1990s, later turning to non-fiction, and has since written several critically acclaimed and best-selling historical works.