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The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism  - Ross King

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Read by Tristan Layton
Format: MP3
Bitrate: 64 Kbps

Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
Release date: 01-12-06
Publisher: Macmillan Audio

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.

The story is further enhanced by the author’s vivid portrayal of artistic life in Paris during a turbulent era that saw the siege of the city by the Prussians and the fall of Napoleon III.

An epilogue underscores the irony of the tale: after his death, Meissonier quickly fell from favor, while Manet, whose paintings were once judged scandalous, was recognized as a great artist who set the stage for Impressionism and the future of painting

Listening to Layton is like sitting at a Left Bank cafe with a British friend who knows both the history and gossip of the 1860s’ Paris art scene and can put it all in political context. Layton has a friendly, low-pitched voice, good tempo and pace. He’s never overly dramatic, but does lift an amusing vocal eyebrow quoting some of the more pompous figures of the period. Tristan Layton is an adept reader, but his pronunciation of French is so flawless that he says words, names, and places more quickly than American ears may be able to pick up.

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