The Impressionists on Trial

The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers

by T. J. Clark
Why did Manet’s Olympia cause a scandal at the 1865 Salon? Because the painting was a parody of high classical art? Because it was a picture of a prostitute in a realistic style? Because of the presence of a Baudelairean cat, or the odd eroticism of the tranquil nude? Because …