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Artists & Love

A series by Stéphanie Colaux and Delphine Deloget

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From Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, ARTISTS & LOVE delves into the tumultuous romantic and creative partnerships that shaped some of the towering figures of modern art. Over the course of two seasons, directors Stéphanie Colaux and Delphine Deloget chronicle a new romantic encounter between two artists, tracing the profound effects on their personal and artistic trajectories. While some of the romances lead to new periods of creative flourishing and collaboration, others result in standstill and heartbreak.

Extensive use of period-specific film footage, paintings, archival photographs and animation immerse viewers in the visual world of the artists. While each episode ARTISTS & LOVE comes to its own conclusion, they all attempt to answer the same questions: Is love compatible with creation? Can artists reveal themselves through romantic passion? Does love bring a renewed energy to art?

Season 1

modigliani

Episode 1 - Jeanne Hébuterne and Amedeo Modigliani
He was a leading figurative artist and she was the famous face immortalized on his canvasses. But Jeanne was also an artist and in her work, she sought to emerge from the shadow of her master. Amedeo and Jeanne lived three years of fierce passion and intense creativity, a story of two tormented souls, bound until death by love and art.
Episode 2 - Gerda Taro and Robert Capa
He was a pioneer of photo-journalism, who covered all the major conflicts of the 20th century, and she helped to create his legend. Capa and Taro were the coming together of two politically-committed people, united by photography. It’s also the tale unbridled love that did not withstand the ravages of war.
Episode 3 - Lee Miller and Man Ray
He was a painter, filmmaker, and above all one of the greatest surrealist photographers of the 20th century. She was the femme fatale, a model who was featured on the front page of the world’s top fashion magazines. Man Ray and Lee Miller is the story of a passionate love affair which revealed the talents of an artist who was overlooked by the public for too long.
Episode 4 - Paula Becker and Otto Modersohn
She was all about portraits, faces, and the intensity of children’s stares. He was all about nature and the sweet subtlety of landscapes. Paula, a liberated, intuitive and visionary woman; Otto, a melancholy yet generous man. In 1900s Germany, Otto Modersohn helped his beloved become one of the greatest artists of modern painting.
Episode 5 - Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz
She was one of the greatest painters in the United States, an icon of American culture. He was one of the founding fathers of modern photography. In the 1920s, they were one of the most high-profile and scandalous couples on New York’s avant-garde scene. Georgia and Alfred had 30 years of passionate love, abundant creativity, and suffocating artistic dependency.

Season 2

klimt

Episode 1 - Emilie Flöge and Gustav Klimt
He was a symbolist painter, an alchemist who turned his color palette into gold, who reinterpreted patterns and eroticized his models. She was one of the greats in early 20th century fashion design. Under the painter's brushes, the fashion artist became an iconic figure in glowing colors. In Vienna, the two artists would shake up conventions and imagine an alliance stronger than the bonds of marriage.
Episode 2 - Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore
Lucy Schwob was a writer, poet and photographer. She also went by the name of Claude Cahun and was a multifaceted activist and artist whose background defied traditional labels. Suzanne Malherbe was an illustrator, graphic designer and photographer, who went by the name of Marcel Moore. Two women with exceptional personalities: resistant, lesbian, surrealist. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe’s story was one of an ardent love between two women with heroic destinies, united through life and death.
Episode 3 - Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
She was a painter gripped by her pain, in constant search of her own Mexican identity, most notably through her self-portraits. He was an unfaithful ogre, a politically committed muralist who both painted and lived large. Frida and Diego, ever the beauty and the beast, lived a tumultuous love affair; two soulmates connected by their shared love for their country.
Episode 4 - Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky
He was a painter of forms and figures, of abstraction, of the spiritual. He was profoundly inspired by the music, colors, and images of his country, Russia. She was one of the first recognized women painters and enjoyed wide renown during her lifetime. A free, instinctive, modern woman. Together, they ventured on the path of creation, and gave birth to the group “The Blue Rider”. Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky's idyll is the story of a romance between two artists linked to the avant-garde of modern German painting.

234 minutes / Color/B&W
Closed Captioned
Release: 2022
Copyright: 2020

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Art, Cultural Anthropology, France, Photography

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