Art critic and journalist Andrew Graham-Dixon returns to our screens to reveal the story of how French Art became what we know it to be today. It’s a story that emerged from a struggle between tradition and the revolution and the battles between the most powerful kings and Europe and those that did not wish to be ruled.
In the first episode Andrew takes us back to the first great revolution, the invention of gothic architecture, tracing its journey through the arrival of Classicism and the age of Enlightenment to the very beginning of the French Revolution.
Exploring some of the greatest art the world has ever seen, including painting of Poussin, Watteau and Chardin, the decadent delights of Boucher and the great history paintings of Charles le Brun – Andrew compacts centuries of culture into one enlightening hour.
The Art of France, Monday, 9pm – BBC Four