This film is part of the series "Palettes", which explores a selection of major works from the history of painting. Thanks to the latest techniques in video animation, the secrets of paintings are revealed and discovering art becomes an enjoyable adventure.
This DVD is available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. It features three of the most celebrated figures in modern art: Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein, and Andy Warhol. Each 30-minute segment focuses on a single painting by one of the artists.
- "Nude going down the stairs" by Marcel Duchamp
Duchamp's Nude going down the stairs, painted in 1912, is, along with Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, one of the emblematic paintings of the artistic revolution that took place during the 20th century. This canvas is cubist while distinguishing itself from cubism, humorous because of its paradoxical title, yet also serious and almost scientific owing to its forms and style. Nude going down the stairs soon made Duchamp famous.
- The blue works of Yves Klein
A blue period of blue tones and blue sponges: Yves Klein's nickname "Monochrome Yves" was well deserved. Even if he used many other colours, it is blue that he favoured above all, using it again and again. More than a channel for expression, blue became a kind of spiritual energy for Klein. He also had the idea of directly using his models' naked bodies as "living paintbrushes" and thus created a host of new forms during his strange painting sessions.
- "Ten Lizes" by Andy Warhol
Ten similar faces are printed in black in two rows on a huge canvas. Yet are these faces really similar? Not exactly. Andy Warhol painted Ten Lizes in 1963, taking his inspiration from a photo of Elizabeth Taylor.