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Fine Art Collection

Fine Art Collection is a BBC art documentary series hosted by Dilly Barlow and Leslie Megahey, exploring the life, work and legacy of some of the great masters of art from various periods. The original art is a human desire, depicting life through a variety of ways, but who are the masters of it? The expression means they must be unique individuals, while also embracing life. "Art Collection" by the BBC performs elaborate and time-consuming search through the years, shuttling around the museums, galleries and private collections in the world and visiting around artists friends and family. It is also showing enjoyment through the creation of classics, interspersed with an introduction to the life of the great masters of art from various periods to gain insight into their artistic core.

Episode 1 - Mad about Monet
Featuring celebrity fans and artists and Monet's descendants, this provides a portrait of the life, work and legacy of the world's most popular artist, Oscar Claude Monet (1840-1926).

Episode 2 - Bull in Winter: the Last Years of Pablo Picasso
This film addresses the last two decades of Pablo Picasso's life, which were as prolific as ever, but that witnessed a new phase in his work, the importance of which critics have been debating vehemently ever since.

Episode 3 - Rembrandt by Himself
This film explores some of self-portraits of Rembrandt van Rijn and shows us that not only do they present a picture of his changing painting technique, but they also capture the essence of the man throughout his life.

Episode 4 - Rodin 1840-1917
This film is a unique insight into Auguste Rodin's personality and working methods, told through the artist's notebooks and letters as well as archive footage of him in his studio and at Meudon.

Episode 5 - The Gentle Art of Making Enemies: Whistler
Perhaps one of the most misunderstood artists of the nineteenth century, James MacNeill Whistler was known as a dandy, an eccentric and a wit.

Episode 6 - Jackson Pollock: Love and Death on Long Island
Jackson Pollock's large-scale abstract paintings are recognised world-wide as one of the twentieth century's most unique and important visual statements.

Episode 7 - The Mysteries of Hieronymus Bosch
Hieronymus Bosch's work is known for its fantastic imagery, detailed landscapes and illustrations of moral and religious concepts and narratives.


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