Artwork of France
Andrew Graham Dixon takes viewers on a shocking visible journey by French artwork historical past.
Half 1: Plus Ca Change
Andrew Graham-Dixon opens his newest collection with the dramatic story of French artwork, a narrative of essentially the most highly effective kings ever to rule in Europe with their glittering palaces and astounding artwork to go in them. He additionally reveals how artwork emerged from a wrestle between custom and revolution, between rulers and a individuals who didn’t at all times need to be dominated.
Half 2: There Will probably be Blood
Andrew explores how artwork in France took a dramatic flip following the French Revolution that ushered in a daring new world. From the execution of King Louis XVI and the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte – a determine who concurrently repelled and impressed artists of his time – by to the rise of Romanticism and an artwork of seduction, intercourse and excessive drama, Andrew explores artists together with Jacques-Louis David – whose artwork appeared on the barricades and within the streets – in addition to the work of Delacroix, Ingres and the tragic however sensible Theodore Gericault.
Half three: That is the Trendy World
Within the ultimate episode, Andrew begins with the Impressionists. He plunges into probably the most wildly artistic intervals within the historical past of artwork, when France was altering at a speedy tempo and indignant younger artists would re-invent find out how to paint, discovering their muses within the bars, brothels and cabarets of Belle Epoque Paris and turning the world of artwork on its head. Monet, Degas and associates launched a febrile dialog concerning the function of portray within the trendy world that might pave the way in which for nearly each trendy artwork motion of observe, from the Cubists to the Fauves, from the Surrealists to the Existentialists and from conceptual artists to the Summary Expressionists