Great Art is introduced by curator and broadcaster Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of The Royal Academy of Arts, and features a host of eminent art experts, providing the perfect guides to history’s artistic greats.
Part 1: Young Picasso
Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place? Young Picasso visits Malaga, Barcelona and Paris, and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years – up to the ground-breaking and hugely significant Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. How did he rise to such great heights?
Part 2: Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood
Discover Spain’s celebrated artist with this cinematic tour de force based on the National Gallery’s blockbuster exhibition Goya: The Portraits. The film uses the exhibition to look in depth at Goya’s eventful life and, through extensive location footage and Goya’s revealing letters, the film builds a fascinating portrait of the painter and the extraordinary world he painted.
Part 3: Edvard Munch
In 2013, all of Norway celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch, one of the towering figures of modern art. It was hailed a ‘once-in-a-lifetime show’. This film goes behind the scenes to show the process of putting the exhibition together, as well as providing an in-depth biography of a man who lived from the mid-19th century right through to the German occupation of Norway in the Second World War.
Part 4: Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
This film takes a magical and widely travelled journey to discover how different contemporaries of Monet built and cultivated modern gardens to explore expressive motifs, abstract colour, decorative design and utopian ideas.
Part 5: Cezanne: Portraits of a Life
Described by Picasso and Matisse as ‘the father of us all’, Cezanne is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. Despite this, Paul Cezanne remains somewhat unknown, somewhat misunderstood. Yet one can’t appreciate 20th-century art without understanding the genius of Cezanne and this film reveals the true man.