UNDERSTANDING ART: IMPRESSIONISM
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"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.
• 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
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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.Read more ›
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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What an absolute treat! Januszczak's commentary is insightful, humorous, fast-passed, concise. Excellent coverage of all the major figures identified as Impressionists. Read morePublished 9 months ago by LouHieb
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 11 months 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 13 months ago by Ron DeAngelo
Unconventional and funny, and full of the fringe information one would expect from this disheveled art critic.Published 17 months ago by Edgar F. Prasthofer
Amazing series - informative and entertaining! Wonderful value.Published 17 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 20 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 23 months ago by betsygardiner
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