New DVD recordings

Canal a Amsterdam, 1874 (oil on canvas)

Canal a Amsterdam, 1874 (oil on canvas), Claude Monet (1840 – 1926)

Image courtesy of Bridgeman Education


Art that shook the world

Part 1 ‘Impression: Sunrise’: Claude Monet shocked the world with a new way of seeing in 1874. Graham-Dixon reflects on the birth of Impressionism in the late 19th century – a style of painting that rejected the rigid formality of the Salon school for a more indistinct, sensual approach, and set the course for the eventual emergence of Cubism and Expressionism and the pure abstraction of Rothko, Pollack and de Kooning.

Part 2 James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’: Tom Paulin examines ‘Ulysses’, with its ‘stream of consciousness’ style that revolutionised the modern novel.

Designer of the year

Charlie Luxton reviews the work of four nominees for the Design Museum’s £25,000 prize. Featuring Jonathan Ive’s iMac and iPod, Solange Azagury-Patridge’s diamond jewellery, the computer game Vice City, and Tord Boontje’s crystal and aluminium chandeliers.

High performance

  1. Multicultural music festival, Cardiff Museum
  2. David Nash, Wrexham Arts Centre
  3. Green and Black: Yew hedges, Powys castle
  4. Sons and lovers / Snap Theatre
  5. Earthfall, Chapter
  6. Stimulata, Howard Gardens Gallery.

The Learning Zone : The making of Eve Arnold

The photographer reveals how a chance gift started her career


Art historian Tim Marlow looks at some of the Western world’s most famous artists. A look at visionary, and sometimes provocative, work of Spanish painter Francisco Goya. In his early career Goya worked as a court painter in Madrid. After a prolonged illness which affected his hearing, Goya’s painting style changed, becoming much darker. He developed a talent for caricature and a fascination for the fine line between sanity and madness. This documentary considers his life and career and examines paintings such as: ‘The Disasters of War’ and his portrait of the Bourbon family.

Robert Frank

Focuses on the life and career of pioneering photographer, Robert Frank, exploring his photography and filmmaking. The films discussed include ‘Pull My Daisy’, narrated by Jack Kerouac and a legendary – but never released – film about The Rolling Stones, documenting their infamous 1972 tour across the USA. The South Bank Show presents a first ever documentary about the legendary but reclusive photographer and filmmaker whose work reflects his life in an unflinchingly honest way. Shot in New York and Nova Scotia where he now lives, it interweaves between Frank aged 80, reflecting on a lifetime of image making including his seminal work The Americans and the richly textured photographs and personal films themselves. The film also explores his relationship with his wife, the artist June Leaf, the tragedy of losing both his children and working with The Rolling Stones.

Kurt and Courtney

Investigates the circumstances in which grunge rock star Kurt Cobain died in 1994, looking at the conspiracy theories surrounding his death and delving into the drug culture of the West Coast rock scene. Concludes with a confrontation between the director and Cobain’s widow, Hole singer Courtney Love


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