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Greenlit: Impressionists, BBC2

Impressionists (4×59′) – Waldemar Januszczak will reappraise the Impressionists and illuminate the less familiar aspects of the movement.

Impressionism was a conglomeration of different ambitions and styles. The main players of Impressionism – Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Degas, Seurat – were crucially important, but there were 31 artists in the first Impressionism exhibition, 90 per cent of whom subsequently slipped out of sight.

Even critical Impressionists, such as Caillebotte and Guillaumin, who were such prominent exhibitors in the movement, are little understood or appreciated these days. Waldemar will seek to shine a light on these “forgotten” artists. He will also explore the fierce revolutionary relationship that the movement had with science including experiments and examinations of optics, paints and techniques relevant to the time and the artists.

Channel: BBC2

Producer: ZCZ Films

Source: BBC Press Office

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