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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Impressionists - Painting and Revolution

Despite the presenter's light-hearted, sometimes overtly comical approach to the film making, this documentary by Waldemar Januszczak covers a wide range of history of this art movement.

He introduces not only familiar names, like, Monet and Renoir, but also less known artists, like, Bazille, and female painters, Berthe Morisot, Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt.

He delves deep into the art movement of this period, and social change that took place around the same time, accompanied by technological advancement.

Small paint tubes, hog bristle brushes, portable easels and steam trains..... Without them, there's no way impressionist painters worked in open air.

I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. It's a great reminder of how revolutionary they were at the time, because, we tend to think they are just pretty paintings done outdoor.

Surely, they are the harbingers of modern art. They are the ones who started it all.

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