What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz, the BBC Arts Editor, and probably the world’s first art-history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever. In the third of this 20-part course, a group of young artists are given a name - the Impressionists; and they’re not happy about it. Bringing spontaneity and realism to their paintings of industrial Europe, they draw influences from as far away as Japan, and as their works become popular in America, they become the art of the modern world. And if you want to see the images in question, just use the accompanying PDF, or follow the links.
The Impressionists is part of a downloadable audiobook series taken from the book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. Future titles include Impressionism, Cezanne, Cubism and Pop Art. You can take the whole course, or pick and choose which movement suits you. Whether you are a sceptic or an art lover, this funny, lively and accessible course on modern art is bound to make your next gallery or museum visit a little less intimidating, and a lot more interesting.
©2012 Will Gompertz (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd
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