Titian is one of the undisputed masters of Western art and his influence has proved to be as long lasting as it is widespread. His fresh interpretations of old stories and constant reinvention of the portrait have inspired artists for over four centuries. Filmed in France and Italy as well as the UK this film explores the reasons for the enduring power and abiding attraction of Titian's paintings. His work and life are investigated by a wide range of enthusiasts: John Berger Charles hope Tom Phillips Katya Berger John Lessore Jill Dunkerton Ray Richardson and Amanda Bradley.
Born in Portugal Paula Rego is one of Britain's leading artists. This intimate film follows the artist from her retrospective at the Reina Sofia in Madrid back to the privacy of her studio in London while she talks with humour and candour about her compulsion to produce works that though accessible deal with the most private themes.
This is a film about art; not the history of art or the academic study of art or the fluctuations in the art market or the latest exhibition but it is about what starts artists off and what keeps them going. It's about instinct, temperaments and practicalities, about perseverance. About how work occurs and how, from working life to working life, art is passed on.
Lucian Freud now in his 80s has always been at pains to preserve his privacy subject to endless and generally inaccurate press interest. This however is an analysis of the artist as seen through the eyes of those who have been best placed to study him; his sitters. Over a period of two years filmmaker Jake Auerbach and Freud's biographer William Feaver filmed many of Freud's subjects ranging from the late Duke of Devonshire to fellow painters David Hockney and Celia Paul; from f
Frank Auerbach, works seven days a week and has the reputation of being something of a hermit. In the past this has only been fairly true; he saw films, went to the theatre and spent time with friends but these days he rarely leaves his small corner of North London. So when the exhibition which travelled to Tate Britain opened in the Kunstmuseum Bonn in June 2015, film maker Jake Auerbach decided to go and film the show so that his father could see how it looked a little while ago they set up a projector and filmed his responses to seeing the work after a break of anything up to 60 years. The result is a film that unfolds an obsessive painter's personal manifesto (citing references as diverse as Morecambe & Wise, Gauguin and Shakespeare) which is woven into the relationship between father and son.
Although Walter Sickert is considered the father of modern British painting he was born in Germany. He became Britain's most famous artist but after his death he drifted into obscurity ironically rejected for the same inventive spirit that had first made his name. He remains one of the undiscovered heroes of modern art. This vivid film discovers Howard Hodgkin rummaging in the Sickert archive follows Frank Auerbach around the streets of Camden Town encourages Professor Quentin Bell to recall what it was like to be drawn by the man himself; artist John Wannacott studies the drawings; Peter Ackroyd describes the context of London's back streets and secrets; Lady Mary Soames reveals the artists' friendship with her father Winston Churchill; solicitor Sir David Napley shares Sickert's fascination with The Camden Town Murder while Sickert's biographer Richard Shone explodes the myth that Sickert was Jack the Ripper. With music by Jools Holland and Sickert's writings read by Alan Bennett this film manages to conjure up the spirit of one of Europe's greatest artists.
Artist John Virtue spent twenty years in rural isolation as a landscape painter first in the North of England and then Devon. In 2002 he responded to a request from the National Gallery in London and decided to move to the capital and paint the city itself. The project took over two years to complete; this film follows the artist at work from Greenwich to Trafalgar Square; and includes witnesses such as Lord Rothschild Frank Auerbach and Charlie Gillet. 'A deeply intriguing... marve
Though Kitaj was one of the most public of artists making some of the most immediate accessible and honest images of our age he was also a very private man determined to avoid the spontaneity of film. He finally relented in 1994 and the result is a remarkably candid look at his life and work. ""My pictures had and have secret lives and so there were things I did not tell a lot of stuff I did not say back then which I'm saying now."" R. B. Kitaj The film transports us from the early years of baseball and girls in upstate New York to his years as a merchant seaman on the ""Romance Run"" through post war Vienna to London where he placed himself at the centre of ""The School of London"" with friends David Hockney Michael Andrews Frank Auerbach Leon Kossoff and Lucian Freud.
Allen Jones has produced some of the most startling and zestful images of the past five decades. His is a world of iconic women done up to the nines immaculately seductive a world in which glamour is a given where roles switch to the beat and passions flower in searing colour. His work be it painting sculpture or print has in turn; ushered in the British Pop Art movement of the late fifties; challenged Warhol and Lichtenstein on their home turf in New York; been the target of Feminist anger in the 1970's and has developed into a mature style which delights collectors and gallery goers around the world. However the man and his methods remain a mystery; this film explores the artist and his work with help from his only sitter Prima Ballerina Darcey Bussell his wife Deirdre Morrow artist Gary Hume and of course Allen Jones himself.
Auguste Rodin is acknowledged as a colossus that bestrode 19th and early 20th century sculpture. His iconic works 'The Thinker' 'The Kiss' and 'The Burghers of Calais' are so compelling that they've become part of the visual vocabulary. When he dies in 1917 he had become a popular hero of the French and British nations but has his extraordinary fame cloaked his real power? Eight of Britain's leading contemporary scupltors agreed to look afresh at Rodin's work and gauge its influence almost a century after his demise.
Each spring artist Tom Phillips walks a nine mile circle taking photographs in 20 specific places. These photographs are, as far as is possible, taken from the same spot in the same direction with the same framing. The project was begun in 1973 and over the years some views have changed dramatically while others seem virtually untouched by time. The photographs when seen together reveal the quirky and sometimes inexplicable effect of human beings on their surroundings. The result is an eternal, evolving portrait of Phillips neighbourhood in South London.
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