Antoine Watteau: The Melancholia of Pleasure

The Roland Collection
Show More

Related videos

Kokoschka
The early paintings of Oskar Kokoschka, from 1910 to 1940, show him to be one of the most gifted portrait and townscape painters of our time. His portraits are psychological documents of haunting accuracy and his cities appear to be living beings with legends, stories and secrets of their own.…
The Long Frontiers to the North
Steadily through the seventeenth century the ethos of the Baroque spread from its birthplace in Rome northwards to central and eastern Europe, flourishing in centers such as Venice, Vienna, Prague, Wurttemberg and Salem. The paintings of Tiepolo and Morazzone testify to the fervor of Counter-Reformation ideology, or propaganda (a word…
The Multiplication of Styles 1700 1900
This film gives a rudimentary 'exposure' to a broad range of art for young audiences. Until the eighteenth century western art tended to have one dominant style at a time, but from 1700 onwards a multitude of innovations and revivals expressed the confusion and curiosity of the new scientific humanism.…
18th-Century Reality and Decorative Rococo
The sensuality of Rococo art mirrors 18th-century upper-class lifestyle and sensibility. Explore the evocation of intimate hedonism in Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, and other Rococo masters, specifically through their imagery of lovers, social life, and pastoral pleasure. Then, define Rococo style in its graceful curves and characteristic use of paint and…
Harald Metzkes
Pierrot, the Harlequin and Don Quixote come from Berlin. They are the actors in Harald Metzkes' paintings, the parable-like characters in the great tragicomedy of human life, the ambivalent interplay between 'black and white' in daily as well as political life. Using characters from literature, mythology and the circus, Metzkes…
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. In such contexts the classical nude could be seen as a moral and spiritual ideal.…
Joan Miro
Joan Miro (1893 - 1983) is one of the most important artists of the 20th century and a key figure in the Surrealist movement. Theatre of Dreams is a sensitive profile of the great artist, written and narrated by his long-time friend Roland Penrose, and directed by Robin Lough. The…
Sense and Sensation - English Culture in the 18th Century
Sense and Sensation is a lavish exploration of the arts in eighteenth-century London. Written and presented by the eminent historian John Brewer, and drawn from his highly-acclaimed book 'The Pleasures of the Imagination', the film considers the world of commerce and celebrity in which Georgian culture was created. A world,…
The New York School
American art came of age with the first important modern movement by a group of New York painters who became known as Abstract Expressionists. In the 1940s and 50s their aggressive action painting challenged the School of Paris. Tenaciously American (though several were born abroad), these painters were not content…
Alex Katz: Five Hours
When Alex Katz paints one of his large, signature paintings, it is an act of the utmost concentration, a performance in which he draws on years of experience as well as preliminary sketches, painted studies, finished drawings, and a large charcoal cartoon, as he transfers the bare bones of the…
Jasper Johns
Jasper Johns had his first solo show in 1958 and, almost from that moment, he has been a sensation in the art world. His paintings now routinely change hands for tens of millions of dollars. Rick Tejada-Flores produced and directed this intriguing documentary on the work of Johns, which is…
Howard Hodgkin
Part of the Series: theEYE
Howard Hodgkin is one of the world's leading painters, whose art is admired both by critics and by a wide public. Beginning with a remembered experience, Hodgkin works on his seductive and complex paintings for long periods, characteristically producing richly coloured, sweeping compositions, which continue into the picture-frame itself. These…