Was the Moulin de la Balette dance hall really the joyful haven depicted in Auguste Renoir's celebratory painting? History suggests otherwise. Vincent van Gogh's The Sunflowers was inspired by a bunch of flowers found lying in a gutter. Van Gogh painted ten versions of the humble bouquet, the first of which led to his relationship with fellow artist Paul Gauguin. Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte 1884 is one of the most popular paintings ever created and a masterpiece of pointillism. But there's much more to it than meets the eye. Is the woman pictured fishing actually angling for something else? And what is the significance of the woman leading the monkey?
This award-winning series reveals the full and fascinating stories behind famous works of art. It describes not just how they came to be created, but also how they influenced others and came to have a life of their own in the modern world.