A major new film offering a fresh perspective on The Impressionists, through the life and work Paul Durand-Ruel, the man who introduced them to the world will show on the big screen at Cineworld MK on Tuesday, May 26.
It was his continual support, championing, financial backing and refusal to give up that established one of the most loved and recognisable movements in Western art – Impressionism.
The film charts Durand-Ruel’s relationship with artists including Manet, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Renoir and Pissarro, and his determination to support them in the unforgiving environment of 19th Century Paris, through the Franco-Prussian war, alongside dealing with the blows of his own personal life – losing his wife and caring for their five children.
View a trailer of the work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJqCOdblha4
From the artists’ early struggles to be accepted at the Salon, to the widespread ridicule and derision that followed when their work was exhibited in Paris, to his brave decision to exhibit these revolutionary and radical new artists in America, the film follows Durand-Ruel’s extraordinary story that finally brought the Impressionists the worldwide respect that they sought and changed the art world forever.
Alongside the opportunity to see some of the Impressionist’s most famous works up close on the big screen, the film offers diary extracts and insights from Durand-Ruel and the artists in their own words, with Durand-Ruel voiced by Robert Lindsay.
The films also ventures behind the scenes as the galleries prepare for one of their biggest exhibitions of the year.
Audiences will enjoy exclusive access to the curators discussing the paintings included in the exhibition and making crucial decisions about where and how to hang the remarkable collection.
Featured paintings include Eugene Delacroix's Interior of Dominican Covent in Madrid, Berthe Morisot's Hanging the Laundry out to Dry, Claude Monet's Poplars and Pleasure Boats, Camille Passarro's The Avenue, Sydenham and Entrance to the Village of Voisins and Alfred Sisley's L'Ile Saint-Denis.
'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,” said producer and director Phil Grabsky.
“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.'
For booking details visit: http://www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/milton-keynes