Impressionism – Revenge of the Nice

Matthew Collings has a wonderfully simple and funny way of making you understand the when, where, why and how of important is art so this programme will get your head around impressionism in a couple of hours.

Matthew Collings will reappraise the Impressionists. The four stars are Courbet, Manet, Monet and Cezanne. In two hours their stories and their art will intertwine.

Matt will unpack the principles of Impressionism – the strength of color, the flatness, the patterning and the way in which ordinary life is pictured with startling truth – and argue that this is the best thing that has ever happened in modern art.

He will also show that although the contemporary art world seemingly despises Impressionism it is only because of Impressionism that the avant-garde came to be.

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  1. Great program!! Awesome companion to the book, Impressionism 50 Paintings You Should Know…Other stimulating and entertaining artistic documentaries would be an excellent addition.

  2. Great show by Collings. His willingness to question today’s assumptions about the past allows him to recapture the deeper meanings that informed the work as it was being created, which in turn gives contemporary viewers a better idea about the role(s) art played in 19th century. This gives the viewer the opportunity to not only see Impressionism with fresh eyes, it also forces one to reexamine the role art plays in society today.