sunday, November 3, 2019
Exhibitions on screen | mainstage theatre
Running time: 90 minutes
From the Musée du Luxembourg & Musée D’Orsay Paris, to the National Gallery London and Philadelphia Museum of Art
Monet, Cézanne, Degas, Renoir: some of the world’s most popular artists whose works fetch tens of millions of dollars around the globe. But who were they really? Why and how exactly did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal?
Securing unparalleled access to a major exhibition – possibly the most comprehensive exploration of the Impressionists in history – the film focuses on the artists and the man credited with inventing impressionism as we know it: 19th-century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel.
His brave decision to exhibit the Impressionists in New York in 1886 introduced enlightened wealthy Americans to this modern French painting, filling great American galleries with Impressionist masterworks and keeping Impressionism alive at a time when it faced complete failure.
"The most significant impressionists show we’ve seen in two decades" – The Telegraph
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