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Great Art

  • Episode: 

    2 of 5

  • Title: 

    The Impressionists and the Man Who Made Them
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Thu 11 Jan 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    10.45pm - 11.45pm
  • Week: 

    Week 02 2018 : Sat 06 Jan - Fri 12 Jan
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Episode 2: The Impressionists and the Man Who Made Them
 
Monet, Cézanne, Degas, Renoir: some of the world’s most popular artists. Their works, and that of their contemporaries, fetch tens of millions of dollars around the globe. But who were they really? Why & how exactly did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal?
 
To help answer these questions, this unique film secures unparalleled access to a landmark exhibition focused on the man credited with inventing impressionism as we know it: 19th-century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel. It was his brave decision to firstly back these radical artists and then, on the verge of bankruptcy, to exhibit them in New York in 1886 that created impressionism as we know it.  
 
Thanks to his sales to enlightened wealthy Americans that subsequently filled American galleries with Impressionist masterworks Durand-Ruel kept impressionism alive at a time when it faced complete failure. This energetic and revealing film tells his remarkable story, along with that of the Impressionists themselves.
 
Series overview
 
Great Art, a five-part series produced by Seventh Art Productions explores the life and work of the world's most celebrated artists.
 
This weekly series will offer an in-depth look at iconic artists including Canaletto, the Impressionists, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Vermeer.
 
Each 50-minute episode will reveal unique insights into the life of the artists, from exploring the places they lived and worked to uncovering their formative relationships through private letters. Great Art will also provide privileged access to the artists’ masterpieces, going behind-the-scenes at the world’s leading museums.
 
Great Art is introduced by curator and broadcaster Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of The Royal Academy of Arts, and features a host of eminent art experts, providing the perfect guides to history’s artistic greats.   
 
Tim said: “I am delighted to be introducing this series of excellent films for ITV. The appetite for the arts in this country goes from strength to strength and I know ITV’s Great Art will find a wide and appreciative audience.”
 
The series is commissioned for ITV by Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual and Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment.
 
Jo Clinton-Davis said: “Shot through with passion and expertise in equal measure, these films tell compelling stories which enrich our understanding of those artists and the art which have most profoundly influenced our cultural heritage.”
 
The series is adapted from full-length feature films originally released in cinemas under EXHIBITION ON SCREEN. Phil Grabsky, Executive Producer of Seventh Art Productions, said:
 
“Over the last twenty years my team, at Seventh Art Productions, and I have made countless art films for TV and cinema, most notably the international film series EXHIBITION ON SCREEN. But I am especially delighted to be bringing the Great Art series to ITV, who fully support us in the desire to make wonderful art and artists' biographies as widely seen and enjoyed as possible. I hope these first two seasons, consisting of five films each, are the first of many, allowing the public to continue discovering and appreciating truly great art."