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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The French Riviera: A History of Pictures

Monet, Antibes: Afternoon Effect, 1888

A fascinating examination of how the lumineux Riviera landscape affected the course of Impressionist painting, and how the painters in turn popularized the idea of the enchanting Cote d'Azur.  The host of the program is a camera hog and a bit creepy, but if you can ignore his scene-stealing you'll learn some interesting things.

Part II of the program, continuing on through the world wars and into the career of Picasso, is here.

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