Tuesday, May 4, 2010

C19 French Artists on Film!

Amazingly I just came across tiny pieces of film of four of the giants of C19 French art.

The first records the Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) ...



... painting at home - first in his garden and then indoors ...

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The second piece captures Edgar Degas (1834-1917), one of the founders of Impressionism but who preferred to be known as a realist ...



... walking past a cafe in a street in Paris past with lady ...

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The third segment of footage captures the father of modern post-naturalistic (as opposed to realistic) sculpture, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) ...



... walking in and out of, and inspecting, a rather monumental perhaps antique building, and then posing in a garden, uncharacteristically top-hatted ...

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The final film fragment shows famed Impressionist painter of water lilies, Claude Monet (1840-1926) ...



... talking to a gentleman outdoors, and then painting en plein air at the edge of a pond in his garden at Giverny ...

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It all makes me wonder just what other film stock might still be out there, in some musty old archive/library/museum/cellar/wherever!

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