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Ross King on The Judgment of Paris

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During their lives, painters of what was to become the Impressionist School, could earn enough so as to buy an evening’s meal, but today, their reprinted works are sold for pennies, showcased in the likes of puzzles, book covers, even computer desktop wallpaper and themes. In this video, Ross King explores this cultural phenomenon, namely, of how the works of Impressionist painters which, during their time, were rejected, have come to be admired and praised today, which he has detailed in his text The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism. Citing historical phenomena and evidence, King sets out to chronicle the movement by which the works of a group of nobodies had, by the late 19th and early 20th centuries, literally transformed the way the world saw itself. King speaks about Impressionism as an American phenomenon insofar as it is here that it became popular, or spoke to an audience and was accordingly, well received. A particular theory of King’s is that before impressionism, public and critical taste arose together, whereas, with the rise of impressionism a gap between the two started to open up.


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Ross King talks about The Judgement of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism.

While the Civil War raged in America, another very different revolution was beginning to take shape across the Atlantic: one fought in the studios of Paris against the art world's ancient regime. Ross King delivers a page-turning account of real-life rivalry in the act of artistic creation, personified by Edouard Manet as he challenged the conservative French academy and the supremacy of its most celebrated painter, Ernest Meissonier. Illuminated by their legendary supporters and critics - Zola, Delacroix, Courbet, Baudelaire, Whistler, Monet, Hugo, Degas - Ross King shows that their contest was not just about Art, it was about how to see the world. The author of Brunelleschi's Dome, Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, and two novels (Ex-Libris and Domino), Ross King lives in England.


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