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Great Artists episode 10 – Rodin

Rodin Auguste Rodin redefined the idea of sculpture in European Art liberating it from the constraints of classicism and created three dimensional forms which pulsated with life and energy.     His masterpiece, the Gates of Hell, is the greatest public sculpture of the 19th century, a work that obsessed him for almost 40 years, and which acted as a laboratory for Rodin imagination and which produced some of greatest sculptures of his career, works such as the Kiss and…

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Read more about the article Great Artists episode 9 – Whistler
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Great Artists episode 9 – Whistler

Whistler Whistler was the first great international American artist, hugely well travelled, a painter and printmaker who bridged the gap between Impressionist Paris and symbolist London. He was an intelligent and original artist who radically proclaimed that art rather than documenting the visual world around us - should be experienced for its own sake.     His Arrangement in Grey and Black, a portrait of Whistler’s mother, is one of the great portraits in the history of art, not least…

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Read more about the article Great Artists episode 8 – Delacroix
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Great Artists episode 8 – Delacroix

Delacroix Delacroix is France’s greatest romantic painter – an artist who challenged to rigid classicism of the previous generation, injecting a degree of fluidity and unpredictability to his art. He established a taste for the exotic in European art, influenced by his travels in North Africa, as in his famous Women of Algiers in their Apartment.     He is often considered to be the last great history painter of European art, producing the iconic Liberty Leading the People, a…

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Read more about the article Great Artists episode 7 – Constable
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Great Artists episode 7 – Constable

Constable There have been few more powerful painters of landscape than John Constable. He brought a scale, ambition and impact to a subject long considered amongst the lowest forms of art. Constable is often celebrated as a nostalgic painter of a lost England but look a little harder, though, and you discover an intense and radical vision at work which changed the course of British art.     As well as looking Constable’s most famous works, such as The Haywain…

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Great Artists episode 7 – Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David Jacques-Louis David was a revolutionary artist in every sense. He was also fully committed supporter of the French Revolution and Napoleon using his art as a powerful instrument of political propaganda.     As the originator of a hard-edged form of neo-classicism, he gave contemporary life something of the grandeur of ancient Rome or Greece. But his involvement in politics at one point almost cost him his life, and in the end forced him into exile. Works featured…

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