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The Judgment of Paris
The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
Out of the 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 artistic expression, it was about competing visions of a world drastically changed by technology, politics, and personal freedom."--BOOK JACKET. "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 splendor of Napoleon III's Second Empire, and its dramatic fall 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 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.