Olympia: Paris in the Age of Manet by Otto Friedrich

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In a delightfully different account of art and politics during the Second Empire, Friedrich sketches a landscape that encompasses Napoleon III, Flaubert, Wagner, Proust, Degas, Zola, Monet, Hugo, Manet, and many others, both famous and infamous.

Touchstone, 1993.
ISBN: 9780671864118. 329 pp.
Softcover. Very good.