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Olympia: Paris In The Age Of Manet

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Friedrich (Glenn Gould, The Grave of Alice B. Toklas--both 1989; City of Nets, 1986, etc.) now brings his rare historical imagination and narrative gifts to the art and politics, frivolity, eccentricity, and scandal of the Second Empire (1865-85) in Paris during the reign of Napoleon III.

Edouard Manet's life is the frame, his art a recurrent motif. As artistic inspiration
Published January 1st 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published May 1st 1993)
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Mikey B.
Dec 14, 2013 Mikey B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, history, art

Dejeuner Sur L'herbe in the Musee d'Orsay

From page 245 (my book)

They were remarkably different people, these young Impressionists – Monet the passionate visionary, Renoir the carefree hedonist, Pissarro the idealistic socialist, Berthe Morisot the acerbic aristocrat – and yet they were bound together by their deep beliefs in a series of radical propositions. One was the conviction commonly held by ambitious young artists, that the gates of the establishment must be broken open... Another, more i
Alice Harbin
Mar 29, 2014 Alice Harbin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never studied art, but have gone to several art museums and knew enough to appreciate this book, though I could not comprehend all of it. I learned some about history from the late 19th century and that too is an era that I am not that familiar with. So this book made me stretch some, but I still appreciated it. The sad thing was that Manet was never well supported for his work and he never was able to marry the person he loved. The curse of syphillis and the sad lot of the women was piti ...more
Umberto Tosi
Mar 07, 2015 Umberto Tosi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Otto Friedrich's tour of Paris in the Impressionist age is fabulous, meticulous, intimate and illuminating, as was his City of Nets of Hollywood in the 1940s.

Jan 02, 2014 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fascinating subject. Written in a confusing way. a little too much of the author present to make it straight history but a little too dry to read like a work of historical fiction. He seemed to spin fictional probable scenarios and then add "of course we cant know". The non chronological set-up and flights of fancy made for easy reading but discredited it as a serious work of history. However, the dry disclaimers ruined it as a work of fiction. I guess the best description would be that it was a ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful little book. Nice background to Art & Politics in Paris from 1865 to 1885.
Aug 06, 2008 Lucinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just the smart side of pulpy history. Usually this is because it's a history book not about a) World War II, b) the Civil War, c) a war in general.

When the author does delve into political history, he seems a bit a drift. Overall, a rare page-turning cultural history.
Aug 05, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sometimes boring but lots of good antidotes on artists and their life. Too much stuff about Napoleon and Wagner. The book is commendable in how it depicts the life of women in Paris models as well as Berthe Morisot and Victorine Muerant.
Jul 04, 2008 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those wacky impressionists knew how to make trouble alright.
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Otto Friedrich was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard, where his father was a political science professor. He took a while to find his literary stride. His career took him from the copy desk at Stars and Stripes to a top writing job at Time, with stops in between with the United Press in London and Paris and with The Daily News and Newsweek in New York.

But it was the seven years he spent wi
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