RAMParts Presents, in partnership with Exhibition on Screen, brings “The Impressionists – and the Man Who Made Them” to the Bellows Falls Opera House on Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir — they are the world’s most popular artists and their works fetch tens of millions of dollars. But just who were they really? Why and how did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal?
The 90-minute feature film, the most comprehensive ever made about the Impressionists, follows the exhibit as it traveled from the Musee d’Orsay Paris to the National Gallery, London and onto the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
It features 19th-century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel, the outspoken champion of Impressionism. Durand-Ruel’s brave decision to exhibit the Impressionists in New York in 1886 introduced enlightened, wealthy Americans to modern French painting and kept impressionism alive at a time when it faced complete failure. This energetic and revealing