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Modern Art (02:21)


After the French Revolution, a rebellion occurred in the art world; Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, and others emerged. Andrew Graham-Dixon will explore artwork derived during this period of rebellion and exploration.

Industrial Revolution (03:00)

Artists set out to record the seedy side of Paris and were excluded from the annual Salon. Paul Cezanne, Félix Henri Bracquemond, Émilien Mulot Durivage, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Camille Pissarro created an Impressionist exhibition.

"Impression, Sunrise" (02:19)

Edouard Monet returned to LaHavre and painted the work that began a new art movement in 46 minutes. Graham-Dixon discusses the symbolism of the piece.

"The Painter of Modern Life" Manifesto (04:14)

The Impressionists wanted to paint a raw unsettling version of the modern city. Graham-Dixon discusses the symbolism behind "Le Pont de l'Europe, Gare Saint-Lazare."

Impact of Degas (03:08)

Degas related to the working class in Paris. Graham-Dixon discusses how the artist related to ballet dancers.

Impact of Monet (04:05)

Impressionism was not a movement. Unlike Degas, Monet wanted to capture the grandeur of nature. Leo Stevenson describes how the chemistry of color paint was revolutionized during the 19th Century.

Impact of Berthe Morisot (02:28)

Morisot recorded the simplicity of modern life in her paintings. Graham-Dixon describes the impact of "At the Ball."

Phallocentric Society (03:10)

The Eiffel Tower was erected in Paris. Henri de Toulouse Lautrec painted the female stars of the Moulin Rouge.

Post Impressionists (02:26)

George Seurat used pointillism to create images of the Eiffel Tower and the "Bathers at Asnieres." Paul Gauguin captured images of tribal life.

Impact of Cezanne (05:40)

Cezanne grew tired of Parisian life and retired to the country. Graham-Dixon discusses how the artist created a new sense of nervous energy on his canvases.

Impact of Picasso (05:00)

Picasso arrived in Paris and changed the art landscape. Graham-Dixon discusses the symbolism and influences behind "Three Women" and "Les Demoiselles." Picasso and Georges Braque spoke to each other through Cubism.

Impact of Henri Matisse (02:55)

Matisse used colors to express mood, thoughts, and emotions. Graham-Dixon discusses the symbolism and influences behind "The Pink Studio." World War I erupted, ending La Belle Epoque.

Later Monet (03:16)

Monet offered his Water Lilies series to France to help them heal after World War I. Graham-Dixon discusses its symbolism and impact.

Surrealism (05:21)

Andre Breton and other artists created artwork inspired by outrage after World War I. Marcel Duchamp experimented with Dadaism. Graham-Dixon discusses symbolism and impact.

Credits: This is the Modern World (00:36)

Credits: This is the Modern World

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In the final episode, Andrew Graham-Dixon begins with the impressionists. He plunges into one of the most wildly creative periods in the history of art, when France was changing at a rapid pace and angry young artists would reinvent how to paint—finding their muses in the bars, brothels, and cabarets of Belle Époque Paris and turning the world of art on its head. Monet, Degas, and friends launched a febrile conversation about the role of painting in the modern world that would pave the way for just about every modern art movement of note—from the cubists to the fauves, from the surrealists to the existentialists, and from conceptual artists to the abstract expressionists.

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL145345

ISBN: 978-1-64347-159-4

Copyright date: ©2017

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