Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution - Gang of Four

I had a feeling I'd missed a programme out of my recent post - The latest Art on the BBC -
and I had.  In fact I'd missed out TWO!

These are:
The point is, we who think we know everything about impressionism know very little. Impressionism cannot be boring because nothing concrete enough is known about it yet to be bored with. What does exist — and this is the real enemy — is an utterly misleading set of preconceptions. They exist. And they need to be challenged.
La Grenouillère, painting by Claude Monet
- as featured in the first programme of this series
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Source: Wikipedia
    • the first programme - Gang of Four - transmits tonight on BBC2 at 8pm.  I'm assuming it will also be available to download on iPlayer and I shall be setting mine to record the whole series (here are the alternative transmission times).  I like watching these programmes twice! ;)  UPDATE:  Just finished watching it - and it's very definitely worth taking time out to view.  It's both accessible, informative and you get to see quite a few paintings - with an emphasis on what makes Impressionism different
In the first episode, Waldemar delves into the back stories of four of the most influential Impressionists - Pissarro, Monet, Renoir and Bazille - who together laid the foundations of the artistic movement. He finds out what social and cultural influences drove them to their style of painting, how they were united and how ultimately they challenged and changed art forever.
    • the next programme - The Great Outdoors - looks at the locations associated with the Impressionists.  I love going to places painted by artists and will be particularly interested in this episode.
Although Impressionist pictures often look sunny and relaxed, achieving this peaceful air was hard work. Trudging through fog, wind and rain, across treacherous coastal rocks and knee-deep snow, Waldemar shows how the famous spontaneity of the Impressionists is thoroughly misleading.
    • the award-winning drama-documentary - Vincent Van Gogh - Painted with Words - was shown again last week and is still available to download from iplayer.  Benedict Cumberbach plays Van Gogh.  
      • This was created to link with the blockbuster Van Gogh exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts last year (see The Real Van Gogh at the Royal Academy).  
      • Every word spoken in the programme actually comes from the letters that Van Gogh sent to his younger brother Theo and others with whom he corresponded.
      • The film won a Rockie for Best Arts Documentary at the Banff World Media Festival in 2011, receiving critical acclaim for its fascinating insight into the life of the artist and its unique approach to storytelling.

    7 comments:

    Jul said...

    Oh how I love the BBC! I am really looking forward to Gang of Four.

    I really enjoyed Fake or Fortune. It kind of felt like I was watching trashy reality TV and learning about art history all at the same time.

    Katherine Tyrrell said...

    What a wonderful way of describing it - that's exactly what it was like!

    Sophie said...

    Thanks Kath! I use the iplayer a lot to watch stuff on my computer and for some reason the BBC has no ‘Art’ categorie for their programmes, so unless I am aware of a program I end up missing it! So thanks for listing it, now I know what to search for in iplayer.

    Ontheroad said...

    Sadly, it is not available to me on iplayer, but perhaps some kind soul will post it later on. I did see the van Gogh and it was brilliant.

    David said...

    Great programme, although I would have preferred to see more paintings and less of the presenter :o)

    I'm now even more convinced Monet was indeed a genius!!

    A wildlife gardener said...

    I am also following this series and wondered if you could enlighten me?

    At the end of the article in Radio Times, called The Impressionists- Painting and Revolution, Waldemar J offers information on Impresiionist Women.

    He gives three websites...at least that's what I think they are...but I cannot find them!

    1. http://bit.lyjJApX0 is for Berthe Morisot's work.

    2. http://bit.ly/kPdfy9 is for Mary Cassatt's work.

    3. http://bit.ly/kDEQ06 is for Marie Bracquemond's work.

    Unfortunately, when I typed those in, nothing comes up...as if these are not websites!

    Any ideas?

    Best wishes,
    Wildlife Gardener

    http://ourlittlecornerofparadise.blogspot.com

    Katherine Tyrrell said...

    I see the problem.

    I think the best bet is going to be contacting him or leaving a message for the Radio Times with a query as to the correct website addresses.

    At a rough guess I suspect he's just provided the wikipedia entries.



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