Apples, Pears and Paint: How to Make a Still Life Painting

Apples, Pears and Paint: How to Make a Still Life Painting
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Review

“Still life asks us to stop and consider the world anew.” Right from the word go this 90-minute film entrances with lingering images of fruit and veg, fish, flowers, pots and baskets – humdrum produce and domestic objects maybe, but frozen in time and given value through the eyes of Caravaggio, Cézanne, Picasso, even ancient Pompeians.
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“Our impulse to take pleasure in the simple things of everyday life stretches back into the depth of time,” continues the mellifluous narration from Paul McGann. Philosopher Alain de Botton joins familiar BBC4 faces Bettany Hughes, Janina Ramirez and Andrew Graham-Dixon to re-evaluate an often underappreciated genre and reveal the social histories that lie behind the paintings.

Summary

Examining the history of the art form that depicts fruit, flowers and domestic objects, from the Xenia murals at Pompeii through to the cubist works of Picasso. The film also takes a look at the work of some of the artists synonymous with the genre, including Chardin and Cezanne, and features contributions from Bettany Hughes, Janina Ramirez and Andrew Graham-Dixon.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Bettany Hughes
Contributor Janina Ramirez
Contributor Andrew Graham-Dixon
Director Liam McArdle
Executive Producer Franny Moyle
Producer Liam McArdle
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