Book Discussion: The Judgment of Paris, by Ross King

  • August 19, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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In August we'll meet again at our usual Old Town Alexandria location, this time to discuss the nonfiction book, The Judgment of Paris, the Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism, by Ross King.

Reading this book 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. King describes the revolution in French art by focusing on the lives and canvases of two extremes of the period: Ernest Meissonier, wealthy and successful, whose painting records precise historical detail, and Edouard Manet, rejected and scorned, whose work illuminates his impressions of scenes and characters. As Manet’s palette shifts from browns to vibrant hues, he begins to have a profound influence on a group of younger artists, who come to be known as the Impressionists. Readers will be transfixed by this description of the seismic shift in art from the mirror to the lamp.

Please RSVP to the Meetup site.

Feel free to come even if you haven't finished (or started) the book, but be aware that there will be spoilers!

(For the list of scheduled books for future discussions, click on "About Us" in the left margin of the Meetup page.)

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  • Cathy

    Sorry you can't make it, Laura, Laura, and Shari. Hope to see you next month.

    August 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could make it but have a work conference call (talking to the pacific office) tonight at 8:00 .

    August 19, 2014

  • Laura

    So sorry to miss this, but I'm not going to make this month's either. (I'm sick...) but I will be at next month's for sure!

    August 18, 2014

  • Shari

    So sorry to miss but will be dropping my daughter off at the airport.

    August 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a question! Can guests join us for these book discussions? My boyfriend is very interested in this book so we were wondering if he could possibly join us for the discussion? If not, no worries! Thank you!

    July 31, 2014

    • Cathy

      Yes, of course! Make sure to say so in your RSVP, so we'll get a big enough table.

      July 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Cathy I don't think he can make it this time

      August 4, 2014

  • Carole

    Hi,

    Sorry I am away for the next Meetup. I will read the book though as it looks interesting.

    July 21, 2014

  • Cathy

    Hey, everyone! I just noticed there is another book with the same title. Make sure you read The Judgment of Paris by Ross King (NOT the Gore Vidal book)!

    1 · July 17, 2014

    • Shari

      Thanks for the heads up.

      July 17, 2014

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