Impressionism and the Post-Impressionists

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Arts Documentary hosted by Samuel West and published by BBC broadcasted as part of BBC The Private Life of a Masterpiece series in 2004 - English narration

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This award-winning series, Private Life of a Masterpiece, reveals the full and fascinating stories behind famous works of art, not just how they came to be created, but also how they influenced others and came to have a life of their own in the modern world. The works of art featured here are both instantly familiar and profoundly mysterious. Revolutionary in their conception, and iconic years after their execution, they each have their own compelling stories. For behind the beautiful canvases and sculptures are tales of political revolution, wartime escapes, massive ego clashes, social scandal, financial wrangling and shocking violence. In this fascinating series key works of art are investigated and the intricate details of their lives revealed - the history, contemporary reactions, and legacies of each are illustrated.

Part 5: Impressionism and the Post-Impressionists A lively dance, a vase of brilliant yellow flowers and an afternoon on the banks of the Seine provide the inspiration for these three masterpieces from the Impressionist and post-Impressionist eras. Three meticulous documentaries outline the histories and far-reaching influence of Auguste Renoir's Dance at the Moulin De La Galette, Vincent van Gogh's The Sunflowers and Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.

[edit] Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre

This painting was once described as the most beautiful of all the artworks of the 19th century. Certainly it seems the happiest. But beneath renoir's joyful portrayal of working class Parisians at leisure is another, darker story.

[edit] Sunflowers

Perhaps the most reproduced of all 19th century paintings, The Sunflowers has a story that lies at the crux of the complex relationship between Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. The programme reveals how Van Gogh started to paint sunflowers soon after he moved from Holland to Paris and how they became the emblem of his embrace of Southern France, warmth and the sun. It looks especially at the 8th of the Sunflower paintings, the one in the National Gallery in London which is arguably the best in the series. It was most admired and desired by Gauguin but denied to him by Van Gogh as their relationship deteriorated.

[edit] A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

A popular masterpiece and yet an enduring enigma. It seems to show a quiet scene in a Paris park but there are hints at the demi-monde, if you know where to look. The most remarkable aspect of this vast canvas however remains Seurat's technique his revolutionary pointillism.

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Video Codec: XviD 1.1.2
Video Bitrate: 1 920 Kbps
Video Resolution: 704x400 / 704x568 (episode 3)
Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9 / 4:3 (episode 3)
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: English
RunTime Per Part: 50 min
Number Of Parts: 3
Part Size: 746 MiB
Subtitles: No
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