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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Monet, Degas, Renoir in action

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 10:48 AM

UALR gallery director Brad Cushman has posted on KUAR public radio website three silent black and white films of Monet painting at Giverny, Degas strolling down a street and Renoir painting in his studio while being fussed over by an assistant. The films were posted on youtube courtesy of AD films, serendipitously in time for the "Impressionists and Their Influence" at the Arts Center.

Seeing Monet paint in Giverny, constantly looking over at the weeping willows — what a treasure. The footage of Degas quite short, yet it's Degas made real by the miracle of film. The longer film of Renoir is a hoot — his assistant lights his cigarette for him, takes it when he wants to put it down, hands him a palette, while the artist paints out of his head, rather than from life. If only these films weren't silent.

Thanks, Brad.

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