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Andrew Graham Dixon takes viewers on a stunning visual journey through French art history.
Art historian and critic Andrew Graham-Dixon opens his latest series with the dramatic story of French art, a story of the most powerful kings ever to rule in Europe with their glittering palaces and astounding art to go in them. He also reveals how art emerged from a struggle between tradition and revolution, between rulers and a people who didn't always want to be ruled.
Starting with the first great revolution in art, the invention of Gothic architecture, he traces its development up until the arrival of Classicism and the Age of Enlightenment - and the very eve of the Revolution. Along the way some of the greatest art the world has ever seen was born including the paintings of Poussin, Watteau and Chardin, the decadent Rococo delights of Boucher and the great history paintings of Charles le Brun.
Art took a dramatic turn following the French Revolution. Andrew Graham-Dixon explores artists including Jacques-Louis David, Delacroix, Ingres and Gericault.
This final episode of Andrew Graham-Dixon's latest series The Art of France begins with the Impressionists.
Andrew plunges into one of the most wildly creative periods in the history of art, when France was changing at a rapid pace and angry young artists would re-invent how to paint, finding their muses in the bars, brothels and cabarets of Belle Époque Paris and turning the world of art on its head.
Monet, Degas and friends launched a febrile conversation about the role of painting in the modern world that would pave the way for just about every modern art movement of note, from the Cubists to the Fauves, the Surrealists to the Existentialists and from conceptual artists to the Abstract Expressionists.
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