The Great Artists series from Kultur Films chronicles the lives, times, and works of the artists whose genius has captivated the art world for generations. Informative and entertaining, the series highlights important events in each artist's life, explores their stylistic trademarks, and provides detailed explanations of their techniques. Each DVD includes expert commentary and analyses from leading authorities, art historians, and scholars, along with new location footage and atmospheric
The programs in The English Masters series contain an
DVD. 50 minutes each.
Blake — As the ultimate example of the Romantic artist, William Blake made radical developments in art technique to communicate his vision. However, visual art was just one facet of his achievement. In his famous Illuminated Books, Blake combined painting, engraving, and poetry, some of which are now the most famous in the English language. However, Blake's visual art can be far more readily appreciated, and paintings such as The Ancient of Days remain a powerful testimony to the genius of this
Constable — He has been eternally associated with just one part of England: Suffolk. As a native of the area, he drew
Gainsborough — Possibly the
Hogarth — Undoubtedly the first great painter to hail from England, William Hogarth depicted English society in a witty and brilliantly satirical way. This was a society with flaws, and Hogarth was not afraid to condemn, as well as praise. With these characteristics combined, Hogarth was able to produce his greatest works: Modern Moral Subjects, which included The Rake's Progress and Marriage
Reynolds — Considered one of the most important and influential 18th century English portraitists, Sir Joshua Reynolds was knighted in recognition of his genius. Deeply inspired by the Old Masters during an artistic pilgrimage to Italy, he incorporated their influence into a new style of English portraiture that was dubbed, "The Grand Style." It made him rich, and his many portraits of wealthy men, women, and especially children, remain an English national treasure.
Turner — A Royal Academy exhibitioner at the age of 15, J.M.W. Turner, by the end of his life, was the
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