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Portrait of an Artist: Les Silences de Manet (1989)

Director: Didier Baussy-Oulianoff, Didier Baussy-Oulianoff, Didier Baussy
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Art
Running Time: 55 min.
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Each episode of Portrait of an Artist offers an intimate peek at the life and work of an important figure in the world of art. Not just a dry discussion of the major works, this is an exploration of the environment that produced the artist and influenced his or her work. From interviews with family and friends, to short trips to the artist's favorite haunts, no stone is left unturned. In this particular episode, viewers explore the life and work of Manet, the artist who came to be recognized as the leader of the French Impressionists. Uncomfortable with his role, Manet nevertheless forged ahead in his role as the leader of the French avant-garde. ~ Rob Ferrier, All Movie Guide

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Worthwhile by Basil918 May 14, 2004 - 10:08 AM PDT
Better than many hour-long portrayals of artists: careful sweeps of selected paintings; historical context with telling photographs of Paris in the making; and best of all, the contrast between the establishment style of academic painting and Manet's revolutionary approach in both style and content. We see the roots of what we perceive to be modern between the crevices of obligatory history and myth painting in the Paris salon and Manet's chronicling of contemporary life in a style that bleeds into impressionism. I wish there was a Manet Volume 2.

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Painters on Film
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