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Posted on: October 24, 2019

[ARCHIVED] The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism at the Museum of Art Reading Art Book Clu

Ross King

The Reading Art Book Club meets next on at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 North Main St. This month’s selection is “The Judgement of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism” by Ross King.

While the Civil War raged in America, another revolution took shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris. The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amidst scorn and ridicule from the French artistic establishment. No artistic movement had ever been quite so controversial. The drama of its birth, played out on canvas and against the backdrop of the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune, would at times resemble a battlefield; and as Ross King reveals, it would reorder both history and culture, and resonate around the world.

The Reading Art Book Club meetings are free and open to the public. Join us even if you haven’t read the book! For more information or for details on book selections, contact Bryan Lee, Museum Curator of Education, at 575-541-2217 or

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is accessible by RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 36.

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