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Birth of Impressionism, The

Synopsis
Three films from the Palettes series devoted to great works in painting history. Thanks to recent developments in video animation technique, secrets of these images are revealed like thrilling adventures of discover. This volume covers the Impressionist artists ‘Edouard Manet - Model With Black Cat’, ‘Pierre-Auguste Renoir - The Lovely Summer Afternoons’ and ‘Claude Monet - The Colour Of The Instant’.

Manet - Olympia
A naked woman lying on a bed. A subject pertinent to paining history for the longest time. Yet, the Olympia created quite a scandal at the salon exhibition of 1865. This indecent woman staring back at the viewer defined the rules of classicism. Manet, already renowned because of his Dejeuner sur l’Herbe, which he had presented two years earlier at the "Salon des Refuses", became the hero of a younger generation that would go on to invent impressionism.

Renoir - Le bal du moulin de La Galette
A dance for the common people in the mills of Monmartre. A festival Sunday crowd during the summer of 1876. It was all Renoir needed to transform his paintings into a manifesto of a new movement. The Bal du Moulin de la Galette, first shown at the third Impressionist exhibition, was one of the few canvases to escape the mockery with which the painters of this new school were received.

Monet - Le bassin aux nympheas
In 1865, Claude Monet does his first paintings of the Japanese bridge that he has had constructed over a small pond dotted with water lilies. He returns to his subject a dozen times before his death in 1926. Monet works on several paintings simultaneously, intent on capturing every minor differentiation in the light falling on the bridge, the water the leaves and the flowers. He subsequently exhibits the paintings together: it is from these that the modern concept of a series originates
Series
Palettes, Series
Language
English
Country
France
Year of release
2002
Subjects
Art
Keywords
Impressionism; Manet, Edouard (1832-1883); Monet, Claude (1840-1926); Renoir, Pierre Auguste

Credits

Director
Alain Jaubert

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
90 min
Year
2012

Sections

Title
Manet: Olympia - model with black cat
Synopsis
A naked woman lying on a bed has been a favourite subject for paintings over the centuries. Yet the Olympia created quite a scandal at the salon exhibition of 1865.
Duration
30 mins
Technical information
Colour

Title
Renoir: Le bal du moulin de La Galette
Synopsis
The Bal du Moulin de la Galette transformed Renoir’s painting into a manifesto of a new movement. It was first shown at the third Impressionists exhibition and was one of the few canvases to escape the viscous mockery with which the painters of this new school were received.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Monet: Le bassin aux nymphéas
Synopsis
Between 1895 and 1926 Claude Monet produced several paintings of the Japanese bridge he had constructed over a small pond dotted with waterlines. He worked on several paintings at a time, intent on capturing every minor differentiation in the light falling on the bridge, the water, the leaves and the flowers. He subsequently exhibited the paintings together, and from these the modern concept of a series originated.
Duration
30 mins

Production Company

Name

Sept Vidéo, La

Address
France

Sponsor

Name

Centre National de la Cinématographie

Distributor

Name

Quantum Leap

Notes
Ceased trading in 2018.
 

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