A film by François Levy-Kuentz
This film retraces the adventure of a group of young painters, who from 1874, launched an aesthetic that broke away from the style of historical paintings displayed in the official Salons of the era.
Inspired by the Barbizon Realism School of painters such as Corot, Rousseau, Millet and Daubigny, this new generation featured names such as Courbet, Pissarro, Jongkind, Renoir, Bazille, Cézanne, Caillebotte, Berthe Morisot and Claude Monet, their leader.
Scandalous Impressionists explains the public's and art critic's mistrust in relation to this "revolutionary" struggle that questioned ways of seeing forms and light. A struggle that finally gained recognition thirty years later, with the support of art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel when major works were displayed in the French national museums.
From period documents this rich and well-documented film traces the path of the popular movement that lay at the origins of modern art.
- François Levy-Kuentz has done for editions RMN When art takes power, Yves Klein and the Blue Revolution (Best portrait XXV FIPA 2006, First Prize at Milan Film Festival in 2007 and Doc Etoile SCAM 2009), Chagall , Russia, donkeys and other (GLS Fiat Grand Prix Award 2004 Award at the Festival International du Film d'Art Unesco 2004).
Coproduction 2010 © SCOTTO PRODUCTIONS / ARTE / RMN / partnership with musée d'Orsay and Normandie Impressionniste.