The Painters World: Changing Constants of Art from the Renaissance to the Present
Six 27 minute films directed, produced and written by Judith Wechsler. A co-production with WGBH, Boston and Channel Four, London from 1985-1989.
The Painter’s World explores how and why paintings are made. The six programs look at the development of themes, conventions, conditions, and institutions that affect the practice of Western painting, from the Renaissance to the present. The series examines the changing perceptions of art in society and the ways in which values in art develop.
Interviews with leading painters, such as David Hockney and Frank Stella, are juxtaposed with painters of the past to show the continuous shifts in the history of Western art—the changing constants.
Filming took place in museums in Paris, London, Rome, Florence, New York, and Houston. A Sotheby’s auction was filmed as well as art schools in London, Paris and the United States.