The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
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IMPRESSIONISTS, THE: THE OTHER FRENCH RE
This epic documentary does a wonderful job of recapturing the revolutionary impact the impressionists made while providing a historical and artistic context for this extraordinary group of painters. The work of Monet, Degas, Morisot, and their fellow impressionists has now become so familiar that its power to shock has all but disappeared.
Young and resolutely modern, these artists threw off the shackles of academic art to capture everyday life in paintings that were iconoclastic in both style and subject. At first they struggled to survive because their work was rejected by the conservative Paris Salon, but those with independent means helped those without (Monet in particular was frequently rescued from poverty by his friends), and gradually they became impossible to ignore. Bruce Alfred's script thoroughly explains the development of the impressionists' approach to art and reveals fascinating aspects of their individual personalities, while a combination of dramatic reconstructions, period photographs, and the paintings themselves creates a rich and informative visual tapestry. Anyone with an interest in the history of art will find much to enjoy. --Simon LeakeSee all Editorial Reviews
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Edward Herrmann's narration is just perfect! Smooth and captivating, Herrmann's soothing vocals provide the icing on the cake! Herrmann is truly one of the great narrators of all time! Great biographies + beautiful artwork + history in the making = great entertainment--what more could you want?
Update: Eleven months later, and I STILL watch this documentary over and over again; I just can't get enough of it!
The appreciation and understanding gained for the artists is wonderful within the context of their individual techniques, hardships and struggles to become accepted. The paintings, needless to say, are visual feasts skillfully presented. The musical soundtrack and superb narration are models for the documentary genre.