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Great Paintings of the World with Andrew Marr

  • Season 2
  • 5 episodes
  • Arts
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Episode 1: Water Lilies by Claude Monet

Summary

New series. The broadcaster and journalist returns to examine more famous works of art, beginning by looking at Claude Monet's Water Lilies series. Andrew travels to Paris to explore the remarkable story behind the cycle of huge flower paintings, a tale of personal tragedy, a brutal war and a man tormented by an unrelenting obsession.
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Review

Andrew Marr cannot contain his intense and quiet joy at the end of this enchanting documentary as he sits, surrounded by Claude Monet’s enormous water lilies canvases, in the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris.

After urging us to visit (when we can, of course) he begs: “If you come, please don’t bring a camera, bring your eyes and your heart, that’s all you need.”

In the first episode of a returning series, Marr, with the help of art experts and historians, examines the tormented history of Monet’s greatest work, a series of enormous pieces that became what Marr calls “the Sistine Chapel of impressionism”.

Like most works of profound genius, the water lilies were loathed when they first went on display in 1927, after the artist’s death. Reviews were terrible and the huge canvases were consigned to decades of neglect and indignity, until they were rediscovered by some unlikely saviours. 


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PresenterAndrew Marr

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DirectorJoss Cubitt
DirectorSimon Smith
Executive producerOllie Tait
ProducerJoss Cubitt
ProducerSimon Smith
Series producerRachel Ozers

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  • Episode 1

    Water Lilies by Claude Monet

    Summary

    New series. The broadcaster and journalist returns to examine more famous works of art, beginning by looking at Claude Monet's Water Lilies series. Andrew travels to Paris to explore the remarkable story behind the cycle of huge flower paintings, a tale of personal tragedy, a brutal war and a man tormented by an unrelenting obsession.
    Recommended

    Review

    Andrew Marr cannot contain his intense and quiet joy at the end of this enchanting documentary as he sits, surrounded by Claude Monet’s enormous water lilies canvases, in the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris.

    After urging us to visit (when we can, of course) he begs: “If you come, please don’t bring a camera, bring your eyes and your heart, that’s all you need.”

    In the first episode of a returning series, Marr, with the help of art experts and historians, examines the tormented history of Monet’s greatest work, a series of enormous pieces that became what Marr calls “the Sistine Chapel of impressionism”.

    Like most works of profound genius, the water lilies were loathed when they first went on display in 1927, after the artist’s death. Reviews were terrible and the huge canvases were consigned to decades of neglect and indignity, until they were rediscovered by some unlikely saviours. 


    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterAndrew Marr

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorJoss Cubitt
    DirectorSimon Smith
    Executive producerOllie Tait
    ProducerJoss Cubitt
    ProducerSimon Smith
    Series producerRachel Ozers
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