Read more about the article Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 1 – Gustave Courbet
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Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 1 – Gustave Courbet

Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 1 - Gustave Courbet: Paris shone brightly in the second half of the 19th century, with its fashionable restaurants, and its cabarets and theatres, which provided the spectacle of a carefree society. The industrial revolution produced wealth, and fortunes were amassed and lost. Gustave Courbet's work is politically involved and provocative. It reveals his support for revolutionary movements, and condemns Napoleon III's authoritarian regime. In addition to its critical dimension, the canvas has an…

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Read more about the article Apples, Pears and Paint – How to Make a Still Life Painting
Apples, Pears and Paint - How to Make a Still Life Painting
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Apples, Pears and Paint – How to Make a Still Life Painting

Apples, Pears and Paint - How to Make a Still Life Painting: A richly detailed journey through the epic history of still-life painting, featuring a range of delights from the earliest existing Xenia mural paintings discovered at Pompeii to the cubist masterpieces of Picasso.     Awash with rich imagery of fruit, flowers and humble domestic objects, this lively take on the story of still life encompasses the work of some of the genre's greatest artists from Caravaggio to Chardin…

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Read more about the article Gauguin – A Dangerous Life
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Gauguin – A Dangerous Life

Gauguin - A Dangerous Life: documentary that sets Paul Gauguin's artistic achievement against his sexual relationships with young girls in the Pacific and his role in 19th-century French colonialism.     ‘I am indeed a savage. And civilised people sense it. My works surprise and disturb them because they see in them the savage that I can't repress. That's what makes my work inimitable.’ Actor Dominic West reads Paul Gauguin's self-revelatory words in a new film biography that recognises Gauguin’s…

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Read more about the article Tales of Winter – The Art of Snow and Ice
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Tales of Winter – The Art of Snow and Ice

Tales of Winter - The Art of Snow and Ice: A look at how mankind's struggle with winter has been reflected in western art throughout the ages, with contributions from Grayson Perry, Will Self, Don McCullin and others.   Art of Snow and Ice Part 1    Art of Snow and Ice Part 2    Winter was not always beautiful. Until Pieter Bruegel painted Hunters in the Snow, the long bitter months had never been transformed into a thing of…

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Travels with Vasari

Travels with Vasari: Andrew Graham-Dixon searches for the shadowy figure who wrote one of the most important books on art and looks at some dazzling works, including masterpieces of the early Renaissance by Giotto, Masaccio and Donatello.   Travels with Vasari part 1     The first part of an exploration of the extraordinary achievement of the chronicler of the Italian Renaissance, Giorgio Vasari, author of the monumental Lives of the Artists.   Travels with Vasari part 2    …

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