759: The Judgment of Paris by Ross King


759.409034: King, Ross. The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism. New York: Walker and Company, 2006. 374 pp. ISBN 0-8027-1466-8.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 700: Fine Arts
  • 750: Painting and paintings
  • 759: Geographical or historical treatment
  • 759.4: France
  • +09034: 19th century

Dewey section 759 has a ton of books to choose from because it’s all about the history of painting, painters, and painting movements. Human beings have been painting since they first figured how to create pigments in caves. For every painter, there’s a unique way to painting something, but the world of 19th century France didn’t see it that way. They had strict rules for what was considered good painting and what didn’t pass muster. Ross King’s Judgment of Paris recounts the ten years that led to the first modern schism in the art world. On one side was the Salon de Paris, championed by Ernest Messonier, and the other were the Impressionists, founded by a scrappy, radical artist known as Eduard Manet.

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