THE IM­PRES­SION­ISTS

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Pro­ducer/di­rec­tor Phil Grab­sky con­tin­ues his over­view of great artists in The Im­pres­sion­ists, part of the Ex­hi­bi­tion on Screen doc­u­men­tary se­ries, which CCA is bring­ing back for a sec­ond run. Grab­sky’s in­ter­views with mu­seum pro­fes­sion­als and be­hind-the-scenes peeks into mu­seum life buoy this new en­try in the se­ries. Based on the ex­hibit Dis­cov­er­ing the Im­pres­sion­ists: Paul Du­rand-Ruel and the

New Paint­ing at the Philadel­phia Mu­seum of Art, the com­pre­hen­sive film ex­plores the chal­lenges faced by Du­rand-Ruel, an early cham­pion of the Im­pres­sion­ists, the artists’ poor re­cep­tion in France and pop­u­lar­ity in Amer­ica, and Im­pres­sion­ism’s his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. Grab­sky lets the art take cen­ter stage in re­veal­ing de­tail shots of works by Monet, van Gogh, and (love him or hate him) Renoir. Not rated. 91 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Michael Abatemarco)

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