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(Sep 18, 2012)
"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.
For lovers of impressionist art this is an entertaining 3 disc set. Disc 1) 179 min. Disc 2 ) 60 min., plus 90 min. bonus and Disc 3) 146 min. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mark twain kc
This is a wonderful, funny, very informative series. He not only is an excellent host he takes you on a tour of the cities, personalities of the artists, the inventions and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ron DeAngelo
Unconventional and funny, and full of the fringe information one would expect from this disheveled art critic.Published 7 months ago by Edgar F. Prasthofer
Amazing series - informative and entertaining! Wonderful value.Published 7 months ago by Amy Archambeau
The title gives the impression that this series could be rather dry, dull, and scholastic---but this couldn't be farther from the truth. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ceeb
This set of dvds is invaluable.........beautiful, easily understood, and so well-rounded. Even if you did not consider yourself interested in art, you will be after seeing these.Published 13 months ago by betsygardiner
I was not only captivated, but also inspired. I took up painting. And I am currently sitting at my easel, getting ready to begin a new piece. #Lifechanging#CatharsisPublished 16 months ago by Joshua Lambertsen
Of all the films available about Impressionism, this one is my favorite. I love Waldemar Januszczak and his very unique style and presentation. I am big fan. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Heidi Farr