Michael Prodger

Brushes at Twenty Paces

The Judgement of Paris: Manet, Meissonier and an Artistic Revolution

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France’s artists have never been ones to let their country’s fondness for revolution pass them by. Jacques-Louis David was not only a signatory to Louis XVI’s death warrant but forged Neoclassicism into the style of the 1789 Revolution; Antoine-Jean Gros’s daring proto-Romanticism was born alongside the gimcrack glamour of Napoleon’s rule; Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, complete with self-portrait, was the icon of the événements of 1830. 

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