Renowned critic Waldemar Januszczak presents this lively documentary on the legendary artists of the impressionist movement. Available to U.S. audiences for the first time, this four-part 2011 program sheds light on the motley collection of personalities that revolutionized art.
A lively new guide to the revolutionary artists of the ground-breaking art movement;
Plus two feature-length bonus programs
Understanding Art: Impressionism
Makes U.S. Debut with DVD release from Athena on September 18, 2012
Artists profiled include Monet, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Degas, Cezanne, Cassatt, and more
"Genuinely fascinating... Illuminating series" --The Daily Telegraph "Insightful" --The Daily Mail
Silver Spring, MD -- An entertaining, accessible, and educational exploration of the highly popular art movement, Understanding Art: Impressionism makes its DVD debut from Athena on September 18, 2012. Renowned critic Waldemar Januszczak (Every Picture Tells a Story) presents this lively documentary on the legendary artists of the impressionist movement. Available to U.S. audiences for the first time, this four-part 2011 program sheds light on the motley collection of personalities that revolutionized art. The DVD 3-Vol. boxed set includes two feature-length bonus programs, Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art (90 min.) and Vincent: The Full Story (146 min.), 20-page viewer's guide with articles on the politics of impressionism, the social network, women impressionists, Paris's hot spots, impressionist hardware, and an illustration of impressionist techniques, and more ($59.99, AthenaLearning.com).
The sunny landscapes and shimmering portraits of the 19th century impressionists adorn candy boxes and designer T-shirts. But as critic Waldemar Januszczak reveals in this four-part documentary, the artistic movement didn't always enjoy the widespread popularity it has today. In their time, impressionists were artistic rebels who threw out the rules set by Paris's prestigious art salons.
As Januszczak visits the studios, hot spots, and rustic vistas that inspired the artists, he sheds light on a motley collection of personalities, from Jean-Frederic Bazille, a gifted, nearly seven-foot-tall painter who helped bankroll his fellow artists, to Claude Monet, whose obsession with water compelled him to build a floating studio. When they banded together for eight legendary exhibitions between 1874 and 1886, they forever expanded the boundaries of art.
Writer and filmmaker Waldemar Januszczak has been the art critic for the Sunday Times (U.K.) since 1992. He has twice been honored as Critic of the Year by the Press Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
EPISODES: The Gang of Four, The Great Outdoors, Painting to the People, The Final Flourish
BONUS FEATURES: Bonus programs Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art (90 min.) offers a portrait of the precursor to impressionism, and Vincent: The Full Story (146 min.), provides a profile of the fiery painter; 20-page viewer's guide with articles on the politics of impressionism, the social network, women impressionists, Paris's hot spots, impressionist hardware, and an illustration of impressionist techniques; biography of Waldemar Januszczak; plus discussion questions at AthenaLearning.com
Street Date: September 18, 2012 SRP: $59.99
DVD 3-Vol. Boxed Set- 4 episodes - Approx. 239 min., plus bonus - SDH subtitles
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Acorn Media/Athena Release Calendar
(DVDs available upon request):
Aug. 28: INJUSTICE and Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 6
Sept. 4: Holy Flying Circus, Young James Herriot, and Cloudstreet
Sept. 18: Joseph Campbell: Mythos-The Complete Series and Understanding Art: Impressionism
Sept. 25: The Crimson Petal and the White, New Tricks Season 8, Special Branch Set 1, and Midsomer Murders: Mayhem & Mystery Files
Oct 2: Kidnap & Ransom Complete Series, Vexed Series 1, and Thomas & Sarah
Headquartered in suburban Washington, D.C., Acorn Media U.S. specializes in the best of British television on DVD/Blu-ray. 2012 releases include I, Claudius: 35th Anniversary Edition; the Blu-ray debuts for the original Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and the first six series of Agatha Christie's Poirot; Judi Dench in Love in a Cold Climate; The Best of Foyle's War; Tim Winton's Cloudstreet, The Story of Costume Drama; Damian Lewis in The Forsyte Saga Collection; Young James Herriot, Kidnap & Ransom, Vexed, Special Branch; The Crimson Petal and the White; and more episodes from Garrow's Law, New Tricks, Murdoch Mysteries, Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, and George Gently. Acorn's DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn Media at (888) 870-8047 or www.acornonline.com. Select series are available for streaming at Acorn TV, http://acornonline.com/TV
Athena releases provide an authoritative and entertaining learning experience through high quality, informative, non-fiction programming. 2012 releases include Bill Moyers: Capitol Crimes, Amazing Grace and Addiction: Close to Home, In Their Own Words, The Windsors, Time Team, Treasure Houses of Britain, Secret War, Battlefield Detectives, This is Civilization, The Code, James May's 20th Century, Megacities, Crisis at the Castle and Joseph Campbell: Mythos - The Complete Series. Clips available at www.athenalearning.com. Athena's DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn at (888) 870-8047 or www.acornonline.com.
September 11, 2012, 7:21 am - PR
Keywords: documentary, art