Category: Art

Video documentaries about all art forms

American Impressionism

Great Art episode 5 2018 – American Impressionism

Inspired by the great French masters, including Renoir and Monet, the American Impressionist movement followed its own path which over a forty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about its art.  It’s a story closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in ...

Edouard Manet

Great Art episode 4 2018 – Edouard Manet

Edouard Manet This acclaimed documentary, focussing on the sell-out exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts, depicts the craft of one of the all-time great artists, the ‘father of modern art’, Edouard Manet. Spanning this enigmatic and, at times, controversial artist’s career Manet gives a fascinating exploration and detailed biography of the momentous painter and ...

The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch

Great Art episode 3 2018 – The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch

The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch After 500 years Bosch’s paintings still shock and fascinate us but what inspired the man behind these haunting works? Where did his unconventional and timeless creations come from? How did he bridge the medieval and Renaissance world? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more ...

Vincent van Gogh

Great Art episode 2 2018 – Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh life has long captured the imagination, shrouded in myth and misunderstanding, but who was he really? Delving deep into his fascinating and sometimes deeply troubled world comes this definitive, award-winning documentary directed by David Bickerstaff. Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing seeks the truth about Van Gogh. What better way ...

David Hockney

Great Artists episode 1 2018 – David Hockney

David Hockney at The Royal Academy of Arts Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his ninth decade Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness. Featuring intimate and ...

Rothko

Power of Art episode 8 – Rothko

Rothko is known for his abstract expressionism paintings, but he moved through more traditional styles in his early career, including Surrealist paintings in the 1940s. In 1947 he embarked on the first of his large abstract 'colour-field' paintings, formalising their structure further in the 1950s. Rothko had huge success with largescale solo shows, but committed ...

Power of Art episode 7 - Picasso

Power of Art episode 7 – Picasso

Guernica (1937) was created during Picasso's Surrealist period and captures the horror of the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. By the end of World War II, Picasso had become an internationally known artist and celebrity.   Power of Art episode 7 The power of the greatest art is ...

Power of Art episode 6

Power of Art episode 6 – Van Gogh

Born in Groot-Zundert, The Netherlands, Van Gogh spent his early life as an art dealer, teacher and preacher in England, Holland and Belgium. His period as an artist began in 1881 when he chose to study art in Brussels, starting with watercolours and moving quickly on to oils. The French countryside was a major influence ...

William Turner

Power of Art episode 5 – Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner One of Britain's most celebrated artists, William Turner showed exceptional artistic talent from an early age and entered the Royal Academy aged fourteen. His English landscapes made his name but there was a darker side to his paintings that was difficult for the critics to swallow, both in the increasingly informal ...

David

Power of Art episode 4 – Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David Painting became an important means of communication for Jacques-Louis David since his face was slashed during a sword fight and his speech became impeded by a benign tumour that developed from the wound, leading him to stammer. He was interested in painting in a new classical style that departed from the frivolity of ...