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Understanding Art: Impressionism 1 Season 2011

Season 1
4.7 out of 5 stars (17) IMDb 8.7/10

In this four-part documentary, art critic Waldemar Januszczak reveals that in their time, the impressionists were artistic rebels. As Januszczak visits the locations that inspired them, he sheds light on a group that forever expanded the boundaries of art

Starring:
Waldemar Januzczak
Original air date:
August 6, 2011

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1. The Gang of Four

As Paris underwent massive social and architectural shifts, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Jean-Frederic Bazille, and Camille Pisarro broke artistic ground with unconventional portraits of pleasure spots and unlikely landscapes.

TV-NR July 16, 2011 59 minutes
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2. The Great Outdoors

Impressionists trekked where no artists had gone before. Monet risked drowning to paint the coast of Etretat, Renoir deftly navigated the social currents of the Moulin de la Galette, and Paul Cezanne inverted landscape perspective.

TV-NR July 23, 2011 1 hour
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3. Painting to the People

The "ballet rats" inhabiting Edgar Degas's luminous pastels pulsed with vitality, while Gustav Caillebotte's Floor Scrapers (1875) portrayed laborers for the first time. Female artists also emerged: Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassat, an American.

TV-NR July 30, 2011 59 minutes
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4. The Final Flourish

Seurat married optical science with artistic inspiration in 1884's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, whose countless dots combine colors in innovative ways. Van Gogh studied Japanese prints, and Monet completed Water Lilies.

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Waldemar Januzczak
Starring Waldemar Januzczak
Season year 2011
Network Acorn Media
Producers Susan Doyon, Mike Lerner
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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An entertaining docent (Waldemar Januszczak-UK critic) makes Impressionism as fun as it is beautiful. He's an expert, and he's funny. He keeps the art history and art appreciation learning understandable, on a level where you don't have to be an art elitist. Yet, as a retired art teacher, I learn things I never knew. Januszczak also wrote and directed this 2011 BBC production.

SUBTITLES available for all episodes and bonus films. Because of bonus material, this DVD set comprises 8 episodes totaling 475 min.

Four 60 min episodes on IMPRESSIONISM
~~~~1 THE GANG OF FOUR ---Monet, Renoir, Bazille, Pissarro (the glue of the style and 1st Jewish artist), London's Turner all were at the beginning of Impressionism in Paris. Besides the artists, influences were tube paint, flat brushes

~~~~2 THE GREAT OUTDOORS ---Monet and his boat studio, Renoir, Cezanne Pissarro go to the open air with the aid of hog hair brushes replacing sable. Water, weather, snow, and smoke became subjects.

~~~~3 PAINTING THE PEOPLE ---Degas (nudes, horses, ballet), Caillebotte (Urban laborers, wealthy family), Morisot a female, Cassatt American female, and Gauguin in his early Impressionist years. [live nude bathers as warned on the box]

~~~~4 THE FINAL FLOURISH ---Seurat's dots, van Gogh (Montmartre, Japanese prints, and a 24 year Impressionist period, Monet (blindness and lily pads)

BONUS FIFTH EPISODE (90 min)
MANET: THE MAN WHO INVENTED MODERN ART ---Edouard Manet, a revolutionary painter from a wealthy law heritage. Again the episode includes live and painted nudes. "Olympia", "The Luncheon on the Grass", Execution of Maximillian", and Suzon's "Folies-Bergere" each with extended focus.
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Chubby and charming, Waldemar Januszczek, huffs and puffs his way across France with forays to London and the Caribbean to demonstrate just what it took to paint those delightful impressionist pictures. And so after we watch Januszczek climbing a cliff overlooking the sea and being battered by waves, or trudging knee deep through snowdrifts, or broiling in the tropical sun, we can come to the conclusion that it was not as easy as we may have imagined.

Januszczek not only analyses the paintings themselves, the milieu they were painted in,the physical difficulties and the technical ones confronting the artists-- but explains the innovations that made such paintings possible--such as oil paint in tubes, flat vs round brushes and portable easels [ prior to which all painting was done in the studio from preliminary sketches]. Yet for all that, never for a moment is this series dull or slow - we are constantly entertained by his witty banter and enthusiasm for his subject.

The only reason I did not give it five stars is that I am comparing this series to his Every Picture Tells a Story , an amazing analysis of the forgotten iconography behind eight world masterpieces. Both highly recommended.
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Just a terrific art series. I'm not especially an Impressist fan, but the series is so engaging and informative, I've made two trips to the National Gallery since watching it to check on some of the artists covered--a few of whom were unknown to me. The presenter, who is nearly as much fun as Sister Wendy, is both charmingly irreverent and clearly in love with the art he is showing us. Visuals are fantastic. A highly recommended find!
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This was an excellent program.Waldemar Januszczak makes the Impressionist Era come alive.It is obvious he is passionate about his subject, as he presents his information in an animated,interesting manner. He allows the viewer access to intimate details of the artists lives,and describes just how revolutionary the Impressionists were.They bravely rebelled against the Salon style of classic subject manner,and pushed the expression of art into modernity.I recommend this series most highly.It is very enjoyable.
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I enjoyed the documentary so much on " Understanding Art Impressionism", that I bought the DVD. I think anyone who is interested in art would love this documentary. It gives more insight on the private lives of the painters than most films do. I am always interested in their private lives as well as the works they produced.
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By M. T. Bowers on October 31, 2014
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This is a beautiful series and I highly recomment all 4 of the installments. The presentation is amusing, the music is wonderful, and the explanation of the Impressionist movement is deeply thought out and explained. I learned a thing or two, and I've been interested in the Impressionists for decades.
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I have only had a chance to view the first of four segments and it is great can't wait til I have time to see the rest of the segments .
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Excellent demonstrations, very informative. The viewer is presented with lots of things he or she never knew and likely hadn't considered.
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