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UNDERSTANDING ART: IMPRESSIONISM

Waldemar Januszczak  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Waldemar Januszczak
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 239 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CYDE9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,550 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

SDH Subtitles
BONUS FEATURES
• Bonus programs Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art (90 min.) and Vincent: The Full Story (146 min.)
• 20-page viewer’s guide with articles on the politics of impressionism, the social network, women impressionists, Paris’s hot spots, impressionist hardware, and an illustration of impressionist techniques
• Biography of Waldemar Januszczak
• Plus discussion questions at athenalearning.com

Editorial Reviews

"Genuinely fascinating" -The Daily Telegraph (U.K.)
"Illuminating series" -The Daily Telegraph (U.K.)

A lively guide to the revolutionary artists

"Insightful" -The Daily Mail (U.K.)

The sunny landscapes and shimmering portraits of the 19th century impressionists adorn candy boxes and designer T-shirts. But as critic Waldemar Januszczak reveals in this four-part documentary, the artistic movement didn't always enjoy the widespread popularity it has today. In their time, impressionists were artistic rebels who threw out the rules set by Paris's prestigious art salons.

As Januszczak visits the studios, hot spots, and rustic vistas that inspired the artists, he sheds light on a motley collection of personalities, from Jean-Frédéric Bazille, a gifted, nearly seven-foot-tall painter who helped bankroll his fellow artists, to Claude Monet, whose obsession with water compelled him to build a floating studio. When they banded together for eight legendary exhibitions between 1874 and 1886, they forever expanded the boundaries of art.

Writer and filmmaker Waldemar Januszczak has been the art critic for the Sunday Times (U.K.) since 1992. He has twice been honored as Critic of the Year by the Press Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Customer Reviews

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing to the eye and mind December 7, 2012
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If you are not in love with art, you will be after watching this three-DVD documentary about the impressionists. The best and unifying feature of the DVDs is narrator - Waldemar Januszczak. He is sort of the John Madden of high-brow art. All the DVDs give wonderful explanations and understandings of the art world and it is Januszczak' s personality that brings it down to earth with a warm charm. He gives understanding of what the "Gang of Four" did in snubbing the art community that snubbed them. Januszczak goes from the painting, to the place it was painted, to how it was painted, and then the impact that the art or artist had in just a few minutes. The editing is brilliant with Waldemar Januszczak (WJ from now on) showing the contrasts between different artists and paintings, by stepping into frame in one museum, and then into frame in another museum. WJ is funny; sometimes in shorts and sandals. WJ gives great insight into what was going on historically and in the artist's life when the painting was being done. By far, the best of the three DVD set is the final one, a bonus DVD that gives the entire life of Vincent Van Gogh. Be prepared to be shocked in some of the history of Van Gogh. WJ goes from place to place presenting Vincent's life and work in a chronological order. It is quite eye-opening and there are some items I never knew about Van Gogh, that this DVD reveals. One of the best documentaries I have ever seen period. Well, worth the investment. See it for WJ if nothing else; he's the kind of guy you would like to hang out and have a few beers with.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The artist behind the art July 20, 2013
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I really loved these episodes. The research done was amazing and thorough. Bringing hours and hours of work to a fun , educational , show that was just a pleasure to watch . I learned so much - this show could have been call Art Detectives, or the Artist behind the art. I think the following of an artists life with visits to the places they actually stood and painted with a mixing in of the local history of the time brought a depth of understanding. Should be required viewing for anyone planning on being an artist or in the business of art. I would give this show 10 stars if I could. Author - Creative Painting for the Young Artist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great survey of Impressionism October 29, 2012
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I was really thrilled to watch this dvd on Impressionism. I particularly noted that the use of some humor was intertaining. However, the most impressive aspect was the addition of biographical detail and personal relationships between the artists that are often lacking in such survey.s
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Explore the beginnings of Impressionism October 14, 2012
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The three-disk video consists of three separate programs the narrator (and writer) has made over the years. The first reflects the title and examines Pissarro, Monet, Degas and Renoir. The second program concentrates solely on Manet. The third disk is one long program on Van Gogh. The first is very good as is the second. The last one, made in 2005, does not include recent scholarship and is dated and surprisingly superficial. The first two programs make the video set well worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to learn something June 25, 2014
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about Impressionism, this is the place. Your instructor on this learning adventure, Waldemar Januszczak, presents information in a very fast paced, energetic, and knowledgeable presentation.

Before you know it you have learned something you did not know about the Impressionists, and their work.

Disk 1 has three episodes. Approx. 180 minutes, widescreen. Episode 1 "The Gang of Four" Monet, Renoir, Bazille and Pissarro. Episode 2 "The Great Outdoors" Monet, Renoir and Cezanne. Episode 3 "Painting the People" Degas, Caillebotte, Morisot and Cassatt.
Disk 2 has two episodes approx. 150 min. widescreen. Episode 1 "The Final Flourish" Seurat (whom, I admit) I do not understand, van Gogh and Monet's "Water Lilies". Episode 2 is titled "Bonus Program Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art".

Disc 3 Approx. 146 min. widescreen has 3 episodes all devoted to "Vincent: The Full Story".

Bottom line - If you love Impressionism, you will love this set.
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