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Art of France

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Arts

Summary

Andrew Graham Dixon takes viewers on a stunning visual journey through French art history.

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Episode 3: This Is the Modern World

Summary

Andrew Graham-Dixon examines the development of Impressionism, when France was changing at a rapid pace and young artists re-invented the rules of painting - finding their muses in the bars, brothels and cabarets of Paris and turning the world of art on its head. Monet, Degas and their contemporaries launched a heated debate about the role of painting in the modern world that would pave the way for just about every modern art movement of note. Last in the series.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Andrew Graham-Dixon concludes his survey of French art, bustling through the tourist crowds of Montmartre or sitting in some chichi Parisian café. Even his hair takes on a raffish air.

He’s tracking the French golden age of art, running from the 1870s to the end of the Second World War, and it’s a gallery of wonders. And while the series ends on the dark shores of existentialism (with Joy Division on the soundtrack, hey ho), there’s still much to raise AG-D’s spirits; he gets so close to Monet’s 1872 Impression, Sunrise that he almost licks it, and his tender discussion of the same artist’s giant waterlily canvases might actually bring tears to the eye.

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DirectorTim Dunn
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Series producerSilvia Sacco

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  • Episode 3

    This Is the Modern World

    Summary

    Andrew Graham-Dixon examines the development of Impressionism, when France was changing at a rapid pace and young artists re-invented the rules of painting - finding their muses in the bars, brothels and cabarets of Paris and turning the world of art on its head. Monet, Degas and their contemporaries launched a heated debate about the role of painting in the modern world that would pave the way for just about every modern art movement of note. Last in the series.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Andrew Graham-Dixon concludes his survey of French art, bustling through the tourist crowds of Montmartre or sitting in some chichi Parisian café. Even his hair takes on a raffish air.

    He’s tracking the French golden age of art, running from the 1870s to the end of the Second World War, and it’s a gallery of wonders. And while the series ends on the dark shores of existentialism (with Joy Division on the soundtrack, hey ho), there’s still much to raise AG-D’s spirits; he gets so close to Monet’s 1872 Impression, Sunrise that he almost licks it, and his tender discussion of the same artist’s giant waterlily canvases might actually bring tears to the eye.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorTim Dunn
    Executive producerBasil Comely
    Series producerSilvia Sacco
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