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Bacon [1909-1992]

Viewers examine the work of Francis Bacon and explore his studio in London. Learn what inspired him to create the violent imagery in Three Figures in a Room, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, Triptych Inspired by Oresteia of Aeschylus, and The Triptych in Memory of George Dyer.
2016; 1995

Bonnard [1867-1947]

Viewers explore how Pierre Bonnard's home in La Cannet served as inspiration to over 200 paintings between 1927 and 1947. Studio with Mimosa, 1939-1946 is one of Bonnard's last great paintings. This video provides critical analysis of the seminal work as well as an overview of other paintings created at La Bousquet. Henri Cartier-Bresson's many photographs of the painter the house, his painting tools, and sketchbooks provide a deeper understanding of the artist.
2016; 1996

Chardin [1699-1779]

In this episode of Palettes, The Skate is examined. Diderot, Proust, and others have written about this painting that draws people to visit the Louvre Museum. This video provides critical analysis of the seminal work as well as an overview of other paintings and thematic elements.
2016; 1991

David [1748-1825]

Jean-Louis David became fascinated with the founding of Rome while incarcerated and created a series of drawings. He completed The Sabines in 1799, which depicted Hersilia rushing between Titus and Romulus. The painting incorporates his passion for Ancient Rome as a political allegory about the French Revolution.
2016; 1994

De la Tour [1593-1652]

Viewers explore George De la Tour's seminal work The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds. Three gamblers play a card game that resembles poker while a servant girl watches. The cheater, with an ace of spades hidden in his belt, looks at the audience directly; his face is illuminated. The painting was most often attributed to other artists, but Herman Voss confirmed its authenticity.
2016; 1989

Euphronios [~ 510 BC]

The Krater of Heracles and Antaeus depicts a famous fight in Greek mythology and currently resides in the Louvre Museum. Euphronios, the painter, helped revolutionized pottery in Ancient Greece. Learn about his career and techniques.
2016; 1990

Fayoum [~ 117-138 BC]

During this type period in Ancient Egypt, funerary portraits were attached to mummies after the embalming process. Most artwork from this time period has been destroyed or disintegrated. These portraits are painted in encaustic on wood or in some cases, in tempera directly onto the shroud. In this episode of Palettes, viewers learn about the tradition and are provided with critical analysis of The European, one of the finest portraits created during the time period.
2016; 1997

Fragonard [1732-1806]

In The Lock, A young man and a young woman stand between a bed and a door. Jean-Honoré Fragonard tells a story of sensual love. Each detail has a subtle meaning that reflects the traditions of pictorial science. Learn its history and legacy on this episode of Palettes.
2016; 1992

Gauguin [1848-1903]

Paul Gauguin painted Arearea or Joyousness during his first stay in Tahiti. The painting currently resides in the Musee d' Orsay. Learn about Gauguin's life, inspirations, and influences.
2016; 2001

Gericault [1791-1824]

Théodore Géricault read about the shipwreck and subsequent scandal of the Medusa, he felt compelled to re-create it on canvas. He worked obsessively on the project, executing studies, life-size sketches, painting portraits of the principal figures, and borrowed body parts from a local hospital to paint. Learn about Géricault's life, inspirations, the steps he undertook, and its legacy.
2016; 1998

Goya [1746-1828]

The Young Ones and The Old Ones are two painting with the same dimensions painted by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes. Scholars hypothesize they were companion pieces but debate the true meaning behind the artwork. Learn about the artist, the paintings, and the political upheaval of the time period.
2016; 1991

Ingres [1780-1867]

Having arrived at the end of his life, Ingres assembled 25 nude women in a lovingly prepared canvas for The Turkish Bath. Learn about the artist's inspirations, artwork, and legacy.
2016; 1989

Klein [1928-1962]

Anthropometry of the Blue Epoch, #82 was purchased by the Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris in 1984. Yves Klein pioneered New Realism and created International Klein Blue. This program in the Palette series explores the artist's universe, use of the color blue, inspirations, and legacy.
2016; 1996

Caravaggio [1571-1610]

In 1599, Caravaggio was hired to paint the two side walls of the Church of San Luigi dei Frances. In The Calling of St. Matthew, seven men are in a dimly-lit room without depth - a scene from the Gospels in modern dress. The Martyrdom of St. Matthew depicts St. Matthew lying before the executioner. After completing the first two works, he was commissioned to paint a third. Learn about Caravaggio's history, influences, technique, and changes he implemented.
2016; 1989

Lorrain [~ 1602-1682]

Claude Gellée, who was nicknamed Lorrain, is considered one of the greatest landscapist of the 17th Century. He first depicted the sun on a canvas, while creating an authentic skyline. Seaport at Sunset was sold with Landscape with Rural Dance as companion pieces. Learn about the artists influences, training, legacy, and life.
2016; 1989

Manet [1832-1883]

When Edouard Manet exhibited Olympia, a modern re-working of Titian's Venus of Urbino, critics declared it obscene for its provocative pose and modern attributes. The model, Victorine Meurent, posed for four paintings of Manet's, including: Olympia, Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, Woman with Parrot, and The Railroad. Seven years after Manet's death, Claude Monet started a fund to buy the picture and donate it to the state. Learn about the painting, the artist's inspirations, influences, and legacy.
2016; 1996

Matisse [1869-1954]

Painted in Nice, The Sorrows of the King is considered one of Henri Matisse's last masterpieces. The painter, immobilized by illness, cut out forms of paper that had previously been covered with gouache and guided an assistant to pin them on a wall. The technique, colors, composition, and genesis of the work are analyzed.
2016; 1993

The Frescoes of the Villa of the Mysteries, Pompeii [1st Century A.D.]

In 1909, archeologists unearthed a room at a villa outside Pompeii with frescoes painted upon the walls. Historians and archeologists have interpreted the meaning behind the murals- some believe it to describe an initiation ritual into a Dionysian cult, while others suggest it is a secular wedding ceremony. Learn about the frescoes, historians interpretations, and Pompeii.
2016; 2000

Poussin [1594-1665]

Duke de Richileu commissioned Nicholas Poussin to create a series depicting the seasons. The Four Seasons was completed a year before the artist's death. Learn the author's inspirations, influences, technique, and legacy.
2016; 1992

Raphael [1483-1520]

Raphael's Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione inspired many painters including: Rembrandt, Rubens, and Matisse. The portrait reveals the friendship between the artist and model, but also philosophy of the Renaissance and proclivities of Castiglione. Learn about the artist's technique, inspirations, influences, and legacy.
2016; 1992