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British Painting of the 18th & 19th Century

These five short documentaries explore the range of realist painting that was a response to the massive social changes that industrialisation brought about over the span of 200 years.

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George Frederic Watts

At the time of his death in 1904, George Frederic Watts was the most celebrated artist in Britain.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat is now an icon due to the impact he had on the art world and this was achieved all this in less than seven years. Jean-Michel Vecchiet’s film offers a dazzling and dramatic chronology of the painter’s all too short life during this electric period in New York.

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The Art of Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon is the essential British painter of the twentieth century. This film is a rigorous and revealing portrait of one of the few artists who has truly changed the way we see and understand ourselves.

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The Victorian Nude

The Victorians were obsessed by the nude in art. For many nineteenth century painters and sculptors the naked body, both male and female, was central to exotic historical fantasies and elaborate allegories of imperial power.

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William Hodges

The painter William Hodges is increasingly seen as a key figure in eighteenth-century British art and in its relationships with the wider world.

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Balance

In what ways can art convey equilibrium or disquilibrium? What is reality? How do artists perceive and express it? Art21 documentary Balance explores these questions through the works of American artist Sarah Sze, English painter Rackstraw Downes, and American minimalist Robert Mangold.

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Gillian Ayres

Gillian Ayres defined her career by ranges of style and manner. Early decorative images in the 1960s gave way to a return to extreme and painterly extraction in the Seventies before later moving back to oil painting and her exclusive colorful style for which she is so well known.

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Macbeth (Patrick Stewart)

Now available as a digital download and for streaming.

Bill Viola (Art Lives)

New RA show exploring the affinities between Bill Viola and Michaelangelo, an immersive journey through the cycle of life.