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The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution

The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution is a four-part BBC documentary series presented by art writer Waldemar Januszczak, exploring the revolutionary achievements of the Impressionists. Through the series, Waldemar Januszczak tells the stories of some of the most famous painters: Monet, Degas and Van Gogh, as well as less-known Impressionists such as Caillebotte, Cassatt and Bracquemond. From the shores of the West Indies, to the city of Paris and the suburbs of London, Waldemar Januszczak explores some of well-known places in the impressionist world. And also he discovers the ways in which the Impressionists were using the new discoveries in light and eyesight to influence their work.

Episode 1 - Gang of Four
Waldemar delves into the back stories of four of the most influential Impressionists - Pissarro, Monet, Renoir and Bazille - who together laid the foundations of the artistic movement.

Episode 2 - The Great Outdoors
Waldemar Januszczak takes us outdoors to some of well-known places in the impressionist world. Although Impressionist pictures often look sunny and relaxed, achieving this peaceful air was hard work.

Episode 3 - Painting the People
Waldemar Januszczak focuses on the people the impressionists painted and in particular the subjects of Degas, Caillebotte and the often forgotten Impressionist women artists.

Episode 4 - Final Flourish
Waldemar Januszczak takes a closer look at the late years of Impressionism, and discovers the ways in which the Impressionists were using the new discoveries in light and eyesight to influence their work.


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