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The judgement of Paris : Manet, Meissonier and an artistic revolution

Author: Ross King
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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 art exhibition 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Édouard Manet; Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier; Édouard Manet; Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier; Edouard Manet; Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ross King
ISBN: 0701176830 9780701176839
OCLC Number: 62796367
Description: 448 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Ross King.

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In 1863, the French painter, Ernest Meissonier was one of the most famous artists in the world. Manet, on the other hand, was struggling in obscurity. Taking the parallel careers of Meissonier and  Read more...

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