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The Judgement of Paris

In 1863, the French painter Ernest Meissonier was one of the most famous artists in the world. The darling of the 'Salon' - that all important public art exhibition held biannually in Paris - he painted historical subjects in meticulous detail and sold his works for astronomical sums to collectors who included Napoleon III himself. Manet, on the other hand, was struggling in obscurity. Famous today as the father of Impressionism, when this books opens he was known only as the sloppy painter of a few much-derided canvases depicting absinthe-drinking beggars and bourgeois gentlemen in top hats. With his usual narrative brilliance and eye for telling detail Ross King has taken the parallel careers of Meissonier and Manet and used them as a lens for their times. Beginning with the year that Manet exhibited his ground-breaking Dejeuner sur l'herbe and ending in 1874 with the first 'Impressionist' exhibition, King plunges us into Parisian life - on the streets and in the corridors of power - during a ten-year period full of social and political ferment. These were the years in which Napoleon III's autocratic and pleasure-seeking Second Empire fell from its heights into the ignominy of
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The acclaimed author of Brunelleschi's Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling paints a dazzling portrait of late-nineteenth century France and of the painters who were emblematic of the struggle between old and new - a struggle which resulted in the birth of Impressionism.

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Ross King is the author of the hugely popular Brunelleschi's Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, both of which spent many weeks in the New York Times bestseller lists. He is also a novelist and lives near Oxford.


"This is an exhilarating book... The success Ross King achieved with Brunelleschi's Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling is repeated here, for he fashions history anew" -- Frances Spalding Independent "A crowded canvas - like, say, Manet's Music in the Tuileries Gardens - full of diverse characters" -- Martin Gayford Sunday Telegraph "A brilliant book, a micro-history that feels like a macro-history... A good read and a good history; an unusual a pairing as its twin subjects" -- Charles Darwent Independent on Sunday "Wonderfully rich... With great deftness [King] tracks the careers of both men in the decade leading up to the most important exhibition in the history of art, the Impressionist group show of 1874" -- Michael Prodger Literary Review "It is, in its broad outlines, a familiar story, but King, the author of Brunelleschi's Dome, tells it with tremendous energy and skill. It is hard to imagine a more inviting account of the artistic civil war that raged around the Paris salons of the 1860s and 1870s, or of the outsize personalities who transformed the way the world looked at painting" -- William Grimes Scotsman

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