The Judgment of Paris

Author: Ross King
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 9780307374967
Release Date: 2012-01-11
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The fascinating new book by the author of Brunelleschi’s Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling: a saga of artistic rivalry and cultural upheaval in the decade leading to the birth of Impressionism. If there were two men who were absolutely central to artistic life in France in the second half of the nineteenth century, they were Edouard Manet and Ernest Meissonier. While the former has been labelled the “Father of Impressionism” and is today a household name, the latter has sunk into obscurity. It is difficult now to believe that in 1864, when this story begins, it was Meissonier who was considered the greatest French artist alive and who received astronomical sums for his work, while Manet was derided for his messy paintings of ordinary people and had great difficulty getting any of his work accepted at the all-important annual Paris Salon. Manet and Meissonier were the Mozart and Salieri of their day, one a dangerous challenge to the establishment, the other beloved by rulers and the public alike for his painstakingly meticulous oil paintings of historical subjects. Out of the fascinating story of their parallel careers, Ross King creates a lens through which to view the political tensions that dogged Louis-Napoleon during the Second Empire, his ignominious downfall, and the bloody Paris Commune of 1871. At the same time, King paints a wonderfully detailed and vivid portrait of life in an era of radical social change: on the streets of Paris, at the new seaside resorts of Boulogne and Trouville, and at the race courses and picnic spots where the new bourgeoisie relaxed. When Manet painted Dejeuner sur l’herbe or Olympia, he shocked not only with his casual brushstrokes (described by some as applied by a ‘floor mop’) but with his subject matter: top-hatted white-collar workers (and their mistresses) were not considered suitable subjects for ‘Art’. Ross King shows how, benign as they might seem today, these paintings changed the course of history. The struggle between Meissonier and Manet to see their paintings achieve pride of place at the Salon was not just about artistic competitiveness, it was about how to see the world. Full of fantastic tidbits of information (such as the use of carrier pigeons and hot-air balloons during the siege of Paris), and a colourful cast of characters that includes Baudelaire, Courbet, and Zola, with walk-on parts for Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Cezanne, The Judgment of Paris casts new light on the birth of Impressionism and takes us to the heart of a time in which the modern French identity was being forged. From the Hardcover edition.

Lasting Impressions

Author: Jesse Matz
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231543057
Release Date: 2017-01-24
Genre: Literary Criticism

Impressionism captured the world’s imagination in the late nineteenth-century. Portraying the sensations left behind as modernity progressed, impressionist artists revolutionized the arts and the wider culture. Impressionism transformed painting and literature, and later film and advertising, and introduced new ways to look at and think about objects. Its legacy can be felt in a range of examples in popular and high culture, from cubism and the works of Zadie Smith and W. G. Sebald to advertisements for Pepsi and the observations of Oliver Sacks and Malcolm Gladwell. Yet despite impressionism’s ongoing aesthetic and cultural domination, the movement has also been associated with superficiality and commodified kitsch. Jesse Matz considers these two versions of impression—the timeless and the negative—to explain the genre’s significance today. He examines impressionism’s footprint in the way we define “good” and “bad” art and in our imagining and reimagining of the status and aesthetics of art. As Lasting Impressions moves through contemporary literature, painting, and popular culture, Matz explains how the perceptual role, cultural effects, and social implications of impressionism continue to generate meaning and foster new forms of creativity, understanding, and public engagement.

Mad Enchantment

Author: Ross King
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781632860149
Release Date: 2016-09-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

From bestselling author Ross King, a brilliant portrait of the legendary artist and the story of his most memorable achievement. Claude Monet is perhaps the world's most beloved artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. Monet intended the water lilies to provide "an asylum of peaceful meditation." Yet, as Ross King reveals in his magisterial chronicle of both artist and masterpiece, these beautiful canvases belie the intense frustration Monet experienced in trying to capture the fugitive effects of light, water, and color. They also reflect the terrible personal torments Monet suffered in the last dozen years of his life. Mad Enchantment tells the full story behind the creation of the Water Lilies, as the horrors of World War I came ever closer to Paris and Giverny and a new generation of younger artists, led by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, were challenging the achievements of Impressionism. By early 1914, French newspapers were reporting that Monet, by then seventy-three, had retired his brushes. He had lost his beloved wife, Alice, and his eldest son, Jean. His famously acute vision--what Paul Cezanne called "the most prodigious eye in the history of painting†?--was threatened by cataracts. And yet, despite ill health, self-doubt, and advancing age, Monet began painting again on a more ambitious scale than ever before. Linking great artistic achievement to the personal and historical dramas unfolding around it, Ross King presents the most intimate and revealing portrait of an iconic figure in world culture.

Michelangelo and the Pope s Ceiling

Author: Ross King
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781632861955
Release Date: 2014-10-14
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo Buonarroti to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel in Rome. Despite having completed his masterful statue David four years earlier, he had little experience as a painter, even less working in the delicate medium of fresco, and none with challenging curved surfaces such as the Sistine ceiling's vaults. The temperamental Michelangelo was himself reluctant: He stormed away from Rome, incurring Julius's wrath, before he was eventually persuaded to begin. Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling recounts the fascinating story of the four extraordinary years he spent laboring over the twelve thousand square feet of the vast ceiling, while war and the power politics and personal rivalries that abounded in Rome swirled around him. A panorama of illustrious figures intersected during this time-the brilliant young painter Raphael, with whom Michelangelo formed a rivalry; the fiery preacher Girolamo Savonarola and the great Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus; a youthful Martin Luther, who made his only trip to Rome at this time and was disgusted by the corruption all around him. Ross King blends these figures into a magnificent tapestry of day-to-day life on the ingenious Sistine scaffolding and outside in the upheaval of early-sixteenth-century Italy, while also offering uncommon insight into the connection between art and history.

Thomas Eakins and the Cultures of Modernity

Author: Alan C. Braddock
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015078784116
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Art

"Thomas Eakins and the Cultures of Modernity is the first book to situate Philadelphia's greatest realist painter in relation to the historical discourse of cultural difference. In this study Alan C. Braddock reveals that modern anthropological perceptions of "culture," which many art historians attribute to Eakins, did not become current until after the artist's death in 1916. Braddock finds in the work of Thomas Eakins a lifelong engagement with aesthetic and social currents that extended well beyond his native city of Philadelphia, indicating the persistence of a worldly sensibility long after he had concluded his formative studies in Europe during the 1860s. Braddock shows how Eakins developed a localized cosmopolitanism all his own, based in Philadelphia but tapped into a global field of visual production."--BOOK JACKET.

Canadian Art

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Publisher:
ISBN: STANFORD:36105133537790
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Art, Canadian


Quill Quire

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Publisher:
ISBN: NWU:35556038768396
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Book industries and trade


ARTnews

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Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015039858462
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Art


New York

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105123018215
Release Date: 2007
Genre: New York (N.Y.)


Author: Ιωάννα Καρυστιάνη
Publisher: Εκδόσεις Καστανιώτη
ISBN: 9789600356861
Release Date: 2014-01-08
Genre: Fiction

H ιστορία διαθέτει ναυτικό φυλλάδιο και ταξιδεύει επί μία εικοσαετία μεταφέροντας θαλασσοφαγωμένους άντρες και θαλασσοφαγωμένες γυναίκες στους μεγάλους ή ασήμαντους πλόες της ζωής, από τη Σουραμπάγια στα βυσσινοχώραφα της Άνδρου, από τα τζενεραλάδικα και τα υπερωκεάνια στη χρυσαφένια αμμουδιά του Nειμποριού και στις ασκήσεις μελαγχολίας μιας παρέας κοριτσιών, από ένα ντοματοπίλαφο στο Mπουένος Άιρες στις πιστές λαρδομούνες που κρέμονται από το στόμα της Mούραινας κι από τις συμμαχικές νηοπομπές κατά τη διάρκεια του δεύτερου παγκόσμιου πολέμου στη Pίβα και στο λευκό διώροφο των Σαλταφέρων με το τσιγκούνικο ταβάνι, που σαν απλωμένο τουλπάνι έσταζε τους ήχους τού απάνω σπιτιού και μαζί τους ήχους του έρωτα στο πανομοιότυπο κάτω σπίτι, είκοσι τέσσερις λεπτές κυπαρισσοσανίδες που ρήμαξαν ζωές.