Artists - Biography

Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape (2012)

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Celebrated as one of the greatest modern artists, Joan Miró developed a visual language that reflected his vision and energy in a variety of styles across many media. This film examines the impact on Miró's career, of the Spanish Civil War, the fascism of the Franco regime, and the events of World War II, as well as Miró's sense of Spanish—specifically Catalan—identity.

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00:32
Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape

George Bellows (2012)

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Arriving in New York in 1904, George Bellows depicted America on the move. In a 20-year career cut short by his untimely death at age 42, he painted the rapidly growing city of New York, its bustling crowds, skyscrapers, and awe-inspiring construction projects, as well as its bruising boxers, street urchins, and citizens hard at work or enjoying their leisure.

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High
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00:29
George Bellows

Gaugin: Maker of Myth (2011)

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More than one hundred works by Paul Gauguin—including many of his most sumptuous, appealing colorful images—appear in Gauguin: Maker of Myth, the first major exhibition of his work in the United States in twenty years.

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00:29
Gaugin: Maker of Myth

Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy (2010)

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The inventive and amusing paintings of Giuseppe Arcimboldo dazzled the courts of Europe. His imaginative combinations of fruits, vegetables, and flowers create allegorical portraits of emperors and witty caricatures of their courtiers, which won him the highest artistic honors bestowed by the Holy Roman Empire.

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High
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00:30
Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy

Salvador Dali (2004)

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This program presents a biography plus images of Dali's greatest works. Born in Spain in 1904, Salvador Dali was one of the 20th century's most controversial and celebrated artists. He is best known for his involvement in the Surrealist movement due to such paintings as The Persistence of Memory, although the leaders of the movement later denounced Dali as overly commercial.

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Salvador Dali

Andy Warhol (2004)

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This program presents a biography plus images of Warhol's greatest works. In the early 1960s, Warhol's first Pop paintings -- many of which remain icons of 20th-century art such as the Campbell's Soup Cans and Marilyn Monroe screenprints -- catapulted him to fame.

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00:50
Andy Warhol

Marcel Duchamp (2004)

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This program presents a biography plus images of Duchamp's greatest works. Born in 1887 in France, Marcel Duchamp -- painter, sculptor and author -- was associated with Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism, though he avoided any strict alliances. Duchamp's early works were post-Impressionist in style, though he eventually turned toward the avant-garde.

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Marcel Duchamp

Francis Bacon (2004)

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Irish-born to English parents, Francis Bacon originally settled in London to build a name for himself as a furniture designer. Quickly turning away from this path, he switched to painting and almost immediately began getting recognition for his new interest.

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Francis Bacon

Piet Mondrian (2004)

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This program presents a biography and visual analysis of Piet Mondrian's major works. Piet Mondrian tested the limits of abstraction in his art. By radically simplifying composition and color, Mondrian sought to express only the universal absolutes that underlie reality, rather than reproducing images of real objects.

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Piet Mondrian

Man Ray (2004)

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This program presents a biography and visual analysis of Man Ray's major works. Inventive, audacious, with an effervescent imagination and a continual willingness to call traditional notions of art into question, Man Ray was the quintessential avant-garde artist.

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Man Ray

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