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The Great Artists: The Impressionists

The Great Artists: The Impressionists is a documentary series that chronicles the lives, times and works of some of the great Impressionist painters - Camille Pissarro, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Georges Pierre Seurat. The series consists of six episodes, each of which highlights important events in each artist's life, explores their stylistic trademarks and provides detailed explanations of their techniques. The series also features the events which inspired the artists to create their work, providing a better understanding of the creative process.

Episode 1 - Camille Pissarro
Camille Pissarro was a Danish-French Impressionist and exerted a considerable influence on the early career of Cezanne and Gauguin. His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

Episode 2 - Edouard Manet
Edouard Manet was a French painter. One of the first 19th-century artists to approach modern and postmodern-life subjects, he was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

Episode 3 - Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist.

Episode 4 - Claude Monet
Claude Monet was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant).

Episode 5 - Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that "Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau."

Episode 6 - Georges Pierre Seurat
Georges Pierre Seurat was a French painter, a leader in the neo-impressionist movement of the late 19th century. Seurat is noted for his innovative use of drawing media and for devising the technique of painting known as pointillism.


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