Short films - Unpicking Paintings

This is a series of films looking at how painters over the centuries have tackled the subject of the window.

The next series of films coming up will explore how painters deal with the tensions between colour and tone.




1. Looking out of the Window - The Dutch School

Dutch painters of the 1600s composed their paintings around the light from the window...

2. Looking out of the Window - The Italians

In Fra Angelico's frescos we can see how he used the window to divide up the canvas rather than as a source of light...

3. Looking out of the Window - Bonnard

Both Bonnard and Matisse lived in Nice and both did paintings of the well know green French shutters but in very different ways. Bonnard preferring to let the warm fresh air in...

4. Looking out of the Window - Matisse

Matisse rarely painted much of the what he could see outside the window preferring to be inside with his imagination...

5. Looking out of the Window - Winifred Nicholson

Winifred Nicholson did away with the glass in the window instead using it as a poetic statement...