Segments in this Video

Ancient Greek Story (01:20)


Viewers learn about the deception of art, which is seen in the optical illusions of 17th century art.

The Favorites of Vanitas (02:40)

Artists in the 17th century use many different symbols portray messages. Viewers learn more about the difficulties and effort an artist takes in order to paint the perception of reality.

Texture (01:48)

Dutch painter Steen paints the perfect expression of texture that renders a perfect view of reality which brings him world-wide fame. Dutch painter Paulus Potter paints a young bull with an ability to appear very real. He makes the animal portrait a genre in itself.

Still Life (01:34)

The viewer learns the meaning behind a still life painting that focuses on the material quality of its subjects.

Cubism (00:30)

Dutch painter Dick Ket represents his objects as they are but fixes them into a geometrical composition.

Raoul Hynckes & van Gogh (02:12)

One observes the transience of life through Dutch painter Raoul's perception of life prior to the outbreak of World War II. van Gogh broke with the tradition of illusionistic representation of painting true to life.

Art & the Misery of War (02:01)

The viewer comes to understand the reason why certain artists paint as they do during times of war.

Medieval Sculpture (01:03)

White marble was associated with death--sculptors employed artists to paint them and add gold flourishes to bring the appearance of life. Cast in bronze, this statue of Erasmus of Rotterdam was designed by Hendrick De Keyser in 1622.

Perspective (03:15)

The artist uses perspectives to create the image of reality. Perspective suggests space and gives depth to the picture.

Rembrandt & van Gogh (02:09)

Paint begins to take on an entirely different role in art. It becomes a medium to preserve the individuality of the artist. Van Gogh lays his paint on thicker to give more vigor to the color. Other artists also take on this style of painting.

Matterism (02:33)

Karel Appel includes chains an actual bucket to his painting in a new form. Suitcases in brick at a railway station in Amsterdam create an illusion of reality. Jaap Wagemaker's "Slate and Shells" symbolizes the history of the earth.

Carel Visser's Whimsical Structures (01:59)

Visser attached a real horse tail to a drawing of a horse; in another installation sheep's hair is used.

Credits: The Charming Illusion of Reality (00:44)

Credits: The Charming Illusion of Reality

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The Charming Illusion of Reality

Part of the Series : Imagination Captivated by Reality: Five Centuries of Dutch Art
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A characteristic of Dutch painting is the skill with which texture is rendered; in the vanitas still lifes of the 17th century, the perfect expression of texture serves as a sober reminder of the transience of human life. This program covers the concern with textural expression from the masterworks of Gerard Dou to the modern "magical realists" like Carel Willink and Raoul Hynckes, to the contemporary concerns with texture as an end in itself and its ultimate expression in the sculptural use of scraps and garbage. (25 minutes)

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL3305

Copyright date: ©1991

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