I realized that I neglected to write about The Impressionists
in the course of my “fan path”;
a grave error on my part because it is a mini-series that should not be missed! and not just because how unbelievably lovely Richard’s eyes look in this program, either 😉
As I shared in theProust Questionnaire, Monet was a favorite of mine long before I knew about Richard Armitage. I didn’t know much about the Man vs. the Artist though, so it was very interesting to learn about the more personal side of things.
How he met his wife and started a family with her; how he struggled, along with his artist friends, to fight against preconceived notions of what art should be;
and how he became widowed, slowly fell in love with a woman who had been his benefactor, but was denied acknowledging the relationship for propriety’s sake.
I also enjoyed peeking into the everyday life
of an artist from that time period;
to make his visions
The Impressionists made me look a little closer at the paintings I already thought I knew and even changed my mind about some I had previously disliked.
was a pleasant surprise 🙂
(Non-Armitage answer: The Matchmaker, starring Janeane Garofalo)
When I first watched the mini-series on YouTube, it haunted me for days afterwards. Not because of the tragic love story at the center of it all and not because of the gutsy girl who just couldn’t seem to catch a break, but because of John Standring. I just couldn’t seem to get him out of my head.