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Sometimes fascinating and sometimes tiresome,
This review is from: The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers (Paperback)
The author has done considerable reseasch into Parisian life and culture of the 1870s and this is extremely interesting.
He elides this with a Marxist critique of various Impressionist painters. He looks extremely closely at several paintings and this can be interesting.
However Clark does not air his conclusions with much clarity. His ramblings can make very tiring reading.
Having waded through it, moreover, I feel his conculsions are often highly specious (especially on Manet's Bar at the Folies Bergeres).