100 Great Paintings

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100 Great Paintings is a British television series broadcast in 1980 on BBC 2, devised by Edwin Mullins.[1] He chose 20 thematic groups, such as war, the Adoration, the language of color, the hunt, and bathing, picking five paintings from each.[2] The selection ranges from 12th-century China through the 1950s, with an emphasis on European paintings. He deliberately avoided especially famous paintings, such as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa or John Constable's The Haywain.[3] The series is available on VHS or DVD.[4]

On the basis of the series, Mullins published the book Great Paintings: Fifty Masterpieces, Explored, Explained and Appreciated (1981), which contained about half of the theme groups.

German television series[edit]

From 1980 through 1994, the German broadcaster WDR produced a television series called 1000 Meisterwerke (originally named 100 Meisterwerke aus den großen Museen der Welt; "100 Masterworks from the Great Museums of the World"), which was broadcast by ARD, ORF and BR. In each of the 10-minute broadcasts, a single painting was presented and analyzed by an art historian. The Sunday evening broadcasts had five million viewers.[5]

From 100 to 1000[edit]

The Fine Arts Editor of WDR, Wibke von Bonin, developed the German version of the series. The series was produced by RM Arts, directed by Reiner E. Moritz, and narrated by Rudolf Jürgen Bartsch[5] and the distinctive title melody was composed by Wilhelm Dieter Siebert.

Each episode showed and discussed one painting, with other paintings of the artist and of other artists being drawn in for comparison.

The German or the English version of the series was shown in West Germany, the USA, England, the Netherlands, South Africa, Austria, Scandinavia and Japan.[6]

The German translation of Mullins' book appeared as 100 Meisterwerke in 1983. In 1985, a second volume came out, only in Germany, which discussed the remaining 50 paintings (see section Literature). The text in the books and the television series are largely the same.

After the end of the original series, it was continued under the title, 1000 Meisterwerke, only in Germany. The concept was changed, so that instead of theme groups, several pictures from the same museum were now grouped into a series of broadcasts. The emphasis was on German museums at first, and in addition, European museums and individual international museums were considered. Painters who had already appeared in "100 Meisterwerken" were not included at first. Many times, the authors of the episode were also the curators in charge of the painting.[2] Occasionally, the fixed framework of the series was deviated from, such as when several paintings were treated in a single broadcast in the "Greek cycle",[7] or when the painter, Konrad Klapheck, wrote the script about his own painting, but using the third person.[8]

In 1986, Bonin received the Goldene Kamera award for her work[5] and video cassettes on seven German museums were produced (see section Literature).

In 1987 and 1988, two more volumes of the book with the first 100 of the 1000 Meisterwerke were published. The series ended in 1994, but without coming near to 1000 episodes.

In 2004, individual episodes were produced by Werner Tübke. In 2007, 3sat showed an episode over the test image of the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (Institute for Radio Technology).[9] Today, the series is sporadically shown by BR-alpha and Classica.[10]

Parodies[edit]

Stenkelfeld[edit]

The German comedy series, Stenkelfeld, parodied "100 Meisterwerke" several times. Episode titles included "Die Hochzeitszeitung" (The Wedding Newspaper), "Die Tischdecke" (The Tablecloth), "Deutscher Behördenschreibtisch" (German Office Desk) and "Deutscher Wohnwagen" (German Mobile Home).[11]

Selection of works presented[edit]

Literature[edit]

This article incorporates information from this version of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/series/11652 13 January 2007
  2. ^ a b 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 3, Foreword
  3. ^ 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 1, Introduction of the Publisher
  4. ^ http://www.films.com/id/2067/100_Great_Paintings.htm 13 January 2007
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h 100 Meisterwerke, Video, Part 7 Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Neue Pinakothek Munich
  6. ^ 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 1, Foreword
  7. ^ a b c d e f 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 3, Chapter 2: Neue Pinakothek, Munich
  8. ^ a b c d e f 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 3, Chapter 4: Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf
  9. ^ 1000 Meisterwerke Institut für Rundfunktechnik: "Das Testbild" on 3sat
  10. ^ http://www.wunschliste.de/links.pl?s=1542 13 January 2007
  11. ^ http://www.stenkelfeld.de/gewerbe/kunstgalerie/kunstgalerie.html 13 January 2007
  12. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 4, Chapter 9: Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge
  13. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 1, Chapter 6: Krieg (War)
  14. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 1, Chapter 10: Leben im Freien (Outdoor Life)
  15. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 2, Chapter 5: Gram (Grief)
  16. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 3, Chapter 7: Kunstmuseum Basel
  17. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 4, Chapter 6: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
  18. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 4, Chapter 5: Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna
  19. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 2, Chapter 7: Gärten (Gardens)
  20. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 4, Chapter 7: Museum of Modern Art, New York
  21. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 3, Chapter 8: Kunsthaus, Zurich
  22. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 1, Chapter 1: Zauber des Lichts (The Magic of Light)
  23. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 1, Chapter 3: Anbetung (Adoration)
  24. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 2, Chapter 3: Ruhender Akt (Reclining Nude)
  25. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 2, Chapter 6: Musik (Music)
  26. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 2, Chapter 8: Landschaft (Landscape)
  27. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 1, Chapter 5: Jagd (The Hunt)
  28. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 4, Chapter 10: Art Institute of Chicago
  29. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 2, Chapter 9: Prozessionen (Processions)
  30. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 2, Chapter 10: Erzählungen (Stories)
  31. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 1, Chapter 4: Die Elemente (The Elements)
  32. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 1, Chapter 9: Baden (Bathing)
  33. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 2, Chapter 2: Kinder (Children)
  34. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 2, Chapter 4: Liebe (Love)
  35. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Video, Part 5 Staatliche Museen, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Gemäldegalerie Berlin-Dahlem
  36. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 4, Chapter 1: Gemäldegalerie Berlin (West) SMPK
  37. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 3, Chapter 9: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
  38. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Video, Part 2 Staatliche Museen, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Nationalgalerie Berlin
  39. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 3, Chapter 1: Nationalgalerie, Berlin (West)
  40. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 1, Chapter 8: Berührung (Contact)
  41. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 2, Chapter 1: Selbstporträts (Self-portraits)
  42. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 4, Chapter 4: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
  43. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 4, Chapter 8: National Gallery of Art, Washington
  44. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Video, Part 6 Hamburger Kunsthalle
  45. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 3, Chapter 5: Kunsthalle, Hamburg
  46. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 1, Chapter 2: Die Sprache der Farbe (The Language of Color)
  47. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 4, Chapter 2: Musée National du Louvre, Paris
  48. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 1, Chapter 7: Städte (Cities)
  49. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Video, Part 1 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf
  50. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Video, Part 3 Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus München
  51. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 3, Chapter 3: Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München
  52. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Video, Part 4 Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Museum Ludwig Cologne
  53. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 3, Chapter 6: Wallraf-Richartz-Museum und Museum Ludwig, Cologne
  54. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 4, Chapter 3: National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
  55. ^ a b c d e 100 Meisterwerke, Vol. 3, Chapter 10: Tate Gallery, London