Monday, August 8, 2011


On Wednesday the 3rd, the watercolor society got a special docent-led tour of the Cincinnati Art Museum.  Our guide was wonderful - funny, interesting, knowledgeable - everything you'd want.  She also recommended this book, which I purchased at Borders (they are going out of business and are having some sales plus I have a Rewards card so get a bit more off each time). 

The book, The Judgment of Paris, tells how impressionism began in France and who were the movers and shakers of the time.  It tells the story in the lives of two artists:  Ernest Meissonier, who was the most famous and well-paid artist of his time before impressionism took hold - and Edouard Manet, who was one of the leaders in the impressionist movement. 

Those of you who belong to clubs and societies know that all is never rosey when any group of people are involved.  Art groups are no different.  And it was quite a dogfight in those early days of impressionism with artists signing petitions against the newly instituted rules of the Paris Salon and even boycotting the Salon entirely!  What fun!

Although I'm only in Chapter 7, I'm enjoying it and learning a bit more of the history of the time, and what some of the artists were like - some were wonderful, open, sharing; others, not so much! ha ha  There was infighting and jealousy; and those that were at the peak of their careers did not want to open the doors to upstarts who painted quickly and without much detail :)    You may want to pick up a copy at your local Borders - or at the library.


Christiane Kingsley said...

Thank you, Rhoda. I had not heard of that book. Sounds great! I will try to get a copy.

Sherry Pierce Thurner said...

Thanks for the book suggestion. I generally enjoy art-related books.

Ginny Stiles said...

Looks like a good read. Thanx!

AutumnLeaves said...

Thanks for the recommendation!

RH Carpenter said...

I hadn't heard of it, either, Christiane. Worth reading :)

Sherry, I like reading art books, too - getting the behind the scenes scoop.

Ginny, you're very welcome!

Autumn, I think you'll like this - read it slowly and savor some of the stories about art judging! ha ha

Carol King said...

Rhonda, there is always something interesting on your blog. Books, website links, other information. I always leave a satisfied customer after a visit with you. :)

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Carol! I'm glad you find something useful when you visit and that you return often :)