Olympia: Paris in the Age of Manet

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HarperCollins, 1992 - Art - 329 pages
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This volume provides an account of the art and politics during the Second French Empire, from 1852 to 1870, during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte. Paris during the reign of Napoleon was a fascinating period, filled with accounts of frivolity, eccentricity, and scandal, and its figures were larger than life: Napoleon himself, Eugenie, Berlioz, Wagner, Hugo, Zola, Manet, Monet and the "great horizontals". Americans, English, Germans, Italians and Russians went to Paris for culture, art and, a bit of undisciplined hedonism. The author presents this period with an eye on the "Olympia", a painting by Édouard Manet that caused shock and astonishment when it was first exhibited in Paris in 1865. Along with analysis of Manet's paintings, the author relates the story of impressionism and the community of artists Manet inspired.

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I have never studied art, but have gone to several art museums and knew enough to appreciate this book, though I could not comprehend all of it. I learned some about history from the late 19th century ... Read full review

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fascinating subject. Written in a confusing way. a little too much of the author present to make it straight history but a little too dry to read like a work of historical fiction. He seemed to spin ... Read full review


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Otto Friedrich (1929-1995) was a journalist and cultural historian. A contributing editor at The Saturday Evening Post and Time magazine, he was the author of fourteen books, including Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s.

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