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CLIP 13766

Henri Rousseau's 'Surprised!'

Henri Rousseau's 'Surprised!'
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Key Info
  • Henri Rousseau's 'Surprised!'
  • Duration: 05:23
  • A statue comes to life in a magical gallery and falls into the painting 'Surprised!' by Henri Rousseau. Inside the painting she explores Rousseau's use of imagination in painting, the techniques Rousseau used and his placement within the artistic world in Paris during his lifetime and his influence on the art world since. A mixture of live action, animation and elements of the painting brings the art to life and ends by encouraging viewers to imagine a place they have never been and then to visit that place by painting it. First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in April 2012 as part of the series Your Paintings. Visit the Your Paintings website to explore the UK national collection of oil paintings: bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/
  • Subject:

    Art and Design

       Topic:

    Famous Artists

  • Keywords: Rousseau, Surprised!, jungle, imagination, painting, art, post-impressionists, tiger, art history, French painters, paris, YourPaintings
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be useful when illustrating the work of Henri Rousseau. In a discussion about famous artists, art history, Post-Impressionist artists. To help raise questions about reality and imagination as a stimulus for painting a location from imagination.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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