DVD Paris and Impressionism

Over a walk in Paris, we will stop at 14 locations that have best represented the Impressionists. With the opportunity of a detailed analysis of these 14 paintings, we will introduce these artists, their time and the modernity of their works.

This is a unique chance to put the camera on the exact spot where artists set up their easels andcanvas. That way we'll get to study and understand what made them special and the modern aspect of their works.

The DVD offers 7 languages ​​and two video formats (PAL and NTSC). It is with no doubt a didactic, simple and effective approach.

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    Paris et l'impressionnisme
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16:9 DVD - PAL and NTSC all zones

56 minutes

Type: cultural documentary

Languages: EN, FR, GER, ESP, ITAL, RUS, JAP

Lay the camera where they set up their easels
  Tous les tableaux impressionnistes
  Manet La musique aux Tuileries

At the head of these young painters, a man will cause a scandal. This is Edouard Manet.

"One has to live with his own time and do what he sees" he proclaims to his detractors.

His painting "Music in the Tuileries," is one of his earliest works, done in the early 1860s, which will illustrate this new approach of "modernity".

  Tableau la Musique aux tuileries

What will cause a scandal in his "Luncheon on the Grass" is the representation of the bourgeois society of his time, taken from daily life, during a moment of relaxation, outdoor, in one of the oldest gardens in Paris.

Some characters are standing, others are sitting in conversation.

Manet has represented himself at the left background part of the composition, and his attitude suggests that he takes the viewer directly as a witness.

  Caillebotte Paris temps de pluie Paris temps de pluie


This is the topic that gives this masterpiece all its modernity: a great crossroads of the new district of Europe with some passers-by, the warm and quiet atmosphere of a rainy day.

The three figures on the right (the couple coming toward us), are here to block any effect of depth and bring our attention to the foreground, on the vertical surface of the table. They're used as a contrast with the left part of the painting: a vast expanse traversed in all directions by some passers-by.

  Pont de l'europe Caillebotte Pont de l'europe


If Monet tries to hide the rails and iron cross behind a cloud of smoke, Caillebotte does not intend to smoothen the brutality of industrial metal beams.

This character is even more important as it represents Caillebotte himself, his head up the center of gravity of the table.


  Carousel-tuileries Pissarro Carousel-tuileries


The horizon line that strictly follows the roofs of the palace is there to separate the composition into 2 parts and this gives almost as much importance to the sky as to Paris itself. The broad lines of perspective leading to the Opera come to structure the whole composition of the painting. Despite the austerity of its fabric facades rigorously scheduled, Pissarro mastered the vagaries of traffic and the incessant movement of pedestrians.


  Avenue opera Pissarro Avenue opera

At the end of 1897, Pissarro rented a room at the Grand Hotel du Louvre is located on the Place du Palais Royal.
From the window of his room, he enjoyed a superb view of the Avenue de l'Opera;
A breakthrough Haussmanien the most famous of the capital.


Manet: The music to tile

Monet: Gare St. Lazare Street Montorgueuil

Pissarro: Place du Carousel, the Tuileries garden, Avenue de l'Opera

Caillebotte: The Floor Scrapers, View of roofs, The Bridge of Europe, Paris time rain

Renoir: The Pont Neuf, Le Moulin de la Galette

Morisot: View of Paris from the Chaillot Hill

Seurat: The Eiffel Tower

Degas: Absinthe, The Count Lepic Place de la Concorde.