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The Impressionists – and the Man Who Made Them: dir Phil Grabsky (2017)
Who were the Impressionists really? Why are they so popular – what lies behind the enduring appeal of Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Degas, Pissarro and the others? Who were these artists?
To help answer these questions, this unique film secured unparalleled access to a major exhibition focussing on the man credited with inventing impressionism as we know it: 19th-century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel.
It was Durand-Ruel’s brave decision to exhibit the Impressionists in New York in 1886 that introduced enlightened wealthy Americans to this modern French painting. In doing so, he effectively kept Impressionism alive (or at least provided an income for the artists) at a time when it faced complete failure. This energetic and revealing film tells his remarkable story along with that of the Impressionists themselves.
The critics loved the film” “Fascinating theories and titbits abound, and the way these canvases reflect light renders them newly immersive on the big screen … An enriching experience” said the Guardian.
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