A MAJOR new film will offer a fresh perspective on the Impressionists through the life and
A MAJOR new film will offer a fresh perspective on the Impressionists through the life and work of the man who introduced them to the world.
The Impressionists and the Man who Made Them focuses on the 19th century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel — whose championing, financial backing and refusal to give up helped establish one of the most loved and recognisable movements in Western art.
The film features interviews with some of the most important authorities on the movement, and will be showing at the Regal Picturehouse in Henley at 6.30pm on Monday, June 1.
It charts Durand-Ruel’s relationship with artists including Manet, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Renoir and Pissarro, and his determination to support them through the Franco-Prussian war while dealing with the blows of losing his wife and caring for their five children.
Director and producer Phil Grabsky said: “There’s always a danger of thinking we know everything we need to know about the Impressionists — but that is the very reason it’s so exciting to take a fresh look at these revolutionary artists.
“I am thrilled to have made this film that, through the remarkable story of Paul Durand-Ruel — the man who made the impressionists what they are — we can bring an exciting, revealing and powerful new perspective to the world’s favourite artists to an international audience.”