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This Is the Modern World

Episode 3 of 3

In the final episode of the series, France is changing at a helter-skelter pace and its angry young artists are reinventing how to paint.

In the final episode, Andrew begins with the impressionists. He plunges into one of the most wildly creative periods in the history of art, when France was changing at a rapid pace and angry young artists would reinvent how to paint, finding their muses in the bars, brothels and cabarets of belle epoque Paris and turning the world of art on its head. Monet, Degas and friends launched a febrile conversation about the role of painting in the modern world that would pave the way for just about every modern art movement of note, from the cubists to the Fauves, from the surrealists to the existentialists and from conceptual artists to the abstract expressionists.

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Thu 20 Jan 2022 00:00

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    The Cure

    Pictures of You

  • 00:01

    The Jam

    The Modern World

  • 00:03

    Pierre Terrasse, Mariana Toutziarakis

    Petit Bal

  • 00:07

    Throbbing Gristle


  • 00:15


    Glass Eyes

  • 00:36


    Ful Stop

  • 00:51

    Joy Division


  • 00:52

    Joy Division


  • 00:53

    Joy Division


  • 00:58

    Robert Chauvigny & Édith Piaf

    Non, je ne regrette rien


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon
Production Manager Imogen Stringer
Executive Producer Basil Comely
Series Producer Silvia Sacco
Director Tim Dunn