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5.26 Book Club: Judgement of Paris: Manet, Meisonnier, & An Artistic Revolution

Sunday Book Club:

Every couple of months we will have a book club meeting at a local Starbucks. This book comes highly recommended by a professor friend who teaches painting at "Art Center College of Design." The book has high ratings at Amazon.

 

Buy the paperback used:
http://www.amazon.com/Judgment-Paris-Revolutionary-Decade-Impressionism/dp/0802715168/ref=la_B001IGNOEO_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1362122871&sr=1-4

Press Release at Amazon.com:

"The Judgement of Paris: Manet, Meisonnier & An Artistic Revolution"

It is hard to believe it now, but 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 exhibition of Art 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 book opens he was known only as the sloppy painter of a few much-derided canvases, depicting bourgeois gentlemen in top hats and Absinthe-drinking beggars. 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 censorious and pleasure-seeking Second Empire fell from its heights into the ignominy of the Franco-Prussian war and the ensuing Paris Commune of 1871. But also, when a group of artists, with Manet at the vanguard, began to challenge the establishment by refusing to paint classical or historical subjects and, instead, turning to the landscapes and ordinary people they saw around them. Benign as such paintings might seem today, they helped change the course of history. The struggle between Meissonier and Manet to get their paintings exhibited in pride of place at the Salon was not just about Art, it was about how to see the world.

 

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  • Sharon

    Sorry- got confused about the date.

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Teensy turnout, but lively discussion nevertheless.

    May 27, 2013

  • Charlotte

    Sorry, cannot attend due to illness. Next one!

    May 18, 2013

    • Charity

      feel better Charlotte.

      May 26, 2013

  • Charity

    Watch interview with author Ross King:
    http://fora.tv/2007/01/14/Ross_King

    May 26, 2013

  • Charity

    Try to read half of the book by this date if you can!

    May 21, 2013

  • Sharon

    What are the chapters to read for this meeting? Or is it the entire book?

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Lynn

    Charity I am so impressed by the work you are putting into this meetup. I appreciate your response to my scheduling concern but I realize that for any date you pick someone will be shut out. I prefer to accept that this date won't work for me and since you did mention a possible second date as well to discuss this book I will be very content with that. Many thanks for your kind offer , Lynn

    1 · May 9, 2013

  • Lynn

    Oh rats, this new date falls over the long weekend holiday and I can't make it. Very disappointed but I understand there will be a second meeting to discuss book. What a marvelous book. Lynn

    May 8, 2013

    • Charity

      Hi Lynn, if you can host it Sunday, May 19th, we could adjust the date. I have an event in Santa Monica the night before, so I'll be exhausted the next day.

      May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For action worthy of your name, we thank you, Charity.

    May 5, 2013

  • Charity

    Scheduling error. Mother day. Most important holiday of the year. ;)

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wanted to take you out to dinner on Mothers Day, Mom, but my book discussion got postponed till May 12, and I just can't let this small group of strangers down. You understand, right?

    May 5, 2013

  • Pam

    Next Sunday is Mother's Day so I won't be able to make it, but will RSVP for the second meeting for this book in June.

    May 5, 2013

  • Charity

    Due to rain and cold book club needs to be moved to next Sunday, May 12th. With the size of our group we can only sit outside at the tables in warm weather.

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi - next Sunday is Mother's Day, so unfortunately, I won't be able to attend. I loved reading this book, and look forward to the next book assignment and meetup.

    May 5, 2013

  • Charlotte

    Book did not arrive. Will catch the June one.

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I accidentally may have rsvp-ed for this one as I've had long standing plans for tomorrow. Still haven't gotten used to the iphone meetup app yet. Sorry for the confusion!

    May 4, 2013

  • ellen

    Live in the midst of the fire area. Had to spend last night in a hotel...cannot plan on anything right now.

    May 4, 2013

  • Charity

    If you have not finished the book by Sunday, attend anyway. We will have a second meetup for this book. Be sure to keep your RSVP status up to date. Thanks!

    May 3, 2013

  • Tricia C.

    Sorry. Have to cancel. Love the book!

    May 1, 2013

  • Roya

    Hello Charity,
    What's the next book?
    Thanks

    April 27, 2013

    • Charity

      Hi Roya. Will take a look at the list and let you know.

      April 27, 2013

  • Tim K

    The book looks really good, just ordered it. I'm actually reading about the great Russian authors of this same time period, so this will go well with that. Thanks for organizing!

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Richard

    Art schmart-- thees I know....from nothing. What I 'm going to do? I join, come with you. Who knows? Perhaps we "paint the town" together. (yuk yuk)

    April 11, 2013

  • Charity

    Please post here if you got your book. Try to finish the book before the the meeting. Thank you.

    March 15, 2013

    • Pam

      I have the book.

      1 · March 16, 2013

  • Charity

    Follow link above for paperback version.

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great idea for a meetup. My favorite topics too

    March 4, 2013

  • Lynn

    Wow!, how great you choose this book. I read it last year and thought it was one of the most utterly interesting and enjoyable books I read in ages. Fabulous choice and I look forward to rereading discussing it .

    1 · February 28, 2013

  • Charity

    Enjoy video critique on Édouard Manet's "A Bar at the Folies-Bergère," 1882 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMACjCg9r4E

    1 · February 28, 2013

  • Charity

    1 · February 28, 2013

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