One hundred and thirty-five years ago, painters such as Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and Degas created a sensation—a bona fide scandal—at the French painting salons because they dared to paint color, form, and light differently. They dared to see differently. Considered rebels and radicals, the impressionists questioned the standard practices of painting, challenged the Academy's authority over those practices, criticized the tastes of galleries and salons, and revolutionized how and what to paint. This program offers insight into the artistic world's mistrust of the impressionists and chronicles the movement's 30-year struggle for legitimacy—a cause championed by art dealer Paul Durant-Ruel. In the brushstrokes of the impressionists, we find the origins of modern art.
- 52 minutes
- English or French; English and French subtitles also available
- Released: 2010
- Includes gallery of related artworks and photos