Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop
David Dunlop is an Emmy award winning nationally acclaimed painter, art historian, and teacher who has lectured throughout the country, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His paintings are in many national and international private and corporate collections. ARTnews wrote that David has the "enthusiasm and breadth of knowledge of BBC host Jacob Bronowski and the geniality of late Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin," and his engaging and entertaining manner makes the artists and their paintings come alive.
Inspired by David Dunlop's infectious enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge, Landscapes Through Time combines art, history, travel, philosophy, science and technique to explore the lives and art of 13 different artists or groups of artists, creating a new way for artists as well as a general television audience to experience and visually participate in the power and magic of the act of artistic creation. In each program David travels to beautiful, iconic locations that were sources of inspiration for these master painters, such as Monet's water lily garden in Giverny, Van Gogh's asylum in Provence, and the Hudson River Painters' Kaaterskill Falls in New York.
David first presents the personal, artistic, and historic context in which the artists' worked and examines the evolution of their artistic lives. He then places his easel at the exact locations where the artists set theirs and paints the same scenes, demonstrating the individualized style and techniques of each painter while discussing artistic, technical, optical and perceptual insights. He explains each step of the process - showing how they painted - and reveals techniques and secrets of the masters. Finally, David briefly works with one of his students to incorporate those techniques into their own painting.
Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop Previous Broadcasts
Renoir's Olive Groves in the South of France (Episode #104)
KQED Life: Tue, Jun 25, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
At Pierre Auguste Renoir's (1841-1919) home and studio in Les Colettes in the South of France, David takes us through the ancient olive grove overlooking Nice and the Mediterranean. David Traces Renoir's difficult but ultimately successful quest for putting clean and strong color into soft and suggestive shapes. David sets his easel precisely where Renoir set his and demonstrates Renoir's methods, describing their effects and explaining his thoughts.
Cezanne at Mont Sainte Victoire (Episode #103)
KQED Life: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
Travel with David to the locations of Paul Cezanne's (1839-1906) natural inspiration near Aixen Provence & Mont Saint Victoire. David considers Cezanne's ambitious struggle with the contradiction: how to present stability and form with change and movement. David demonstrates Cezanne's strategies; from sketch to watercolor to oil, and discusses Cezanne's insights into acts of visual perception. He discusses Cezanne's difficulties, frustrations, and his ultimate success - as the father of Modernism.
Monet's Waterlilies (Episode #102)
KQED Life: Tue, Jun 11, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
David visits the enchanting village of Giverny, 45 miles northwest of Paris, which was the last home there until the end of his life in 1926. David describes the evolution of Impressionism from its experimental beginnings in the Gleyre studio in Paris in 1862 with Monet and his friends Sisley, Renoir, Bazille, Pissarro - to its later stage (and beyond) of explosive color, loose brushwork, complementary color vivid sunshine and sensual delight. David discusses and demonstrates Monet's later methods as a mid-career Impressionist at Giverny and his evolution into expressionism with his carefully developed and cultivated waterlily garden as his inspiration.
Van Gogh's at Saint Remy De Provence (Episode #101)
KQED Life: Tue, Jun 4, 2013 -- 2:30 PM
David takes us through the tumultuous, penultimate year of van Gogh's life - 1889, spent in the asylum of St. Paul de Mausole at St. Remy. David demonstrates the personally expressive palette and brushwork of van Gogh while describing van Gogh's uniquely spiritual and impassioned intentions for painting. David demonstrates van Gogh's drawing techniques as a preparation for his paintings, reveals his connections to Dutch landscape painting and Impressionist color, and shows how he employs these ideas with expressive, moving gestures in the landscape of van Gogh.