Finish The Bottle

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01Henri Cartier-bresson2014032420150713 (R3)

Art historian Martin Gayford is a veteran interviewer. He tells the stories of five encounters he's had with world renowned artists - probing them, drinking a glass or two and trying to understand what made them tick.

Henri Cartier Bresson's reputation as a photographer was matched by his famously prickly nature. Martin recalls a disconcerting visit to the great man in his apartment in Paris. After a very bumpy start, the 93-year-old Cartier Bresson revealed some of the founding ideas of his art - especially the notion of the 'decisive moment' that allowed his photographs to be both completely informal yet beautifully composed. Gayford learns about photography but also how to be a better interviewer.

01Henri Cartier-bresson20140324

Art historian Martin Gayford is a veteran interviewer. He tells the stories of five encounters he's had with world renowned artists - probing them, drinking a glass or two and trying to understand what made them tick.

Henri Cartier Bresson's reputation as a photographer was matched by his famously prickly nature. Martin recalls a disconcerting visit to the great man in his apartment in Paris. After a very bumpy start, the 93-year-old Cartier Bresson revealed some of the founding ideas of his art - especially the notion of the 'decisive moment' that allowed his photographs to be both completely informal yet beautifully composed. Gayford learns about photography but also how to be a better interviewer.

01Henri Cartier-Bresson20140324

01Henri Cartier-bresson2014032420150713 (R3)

Art historian Martin Gayford is a veteran interviewer. He tells the stories of five encounters he's had with world renowned artists - probing them, drinking a glass or two and trying to understand what made them tick.

Henri Cartier Bresson's reputation as a photographer was matched by his famously prickly nature. Martin recalls a disconcerting visit to the great man in his apartment in Paris. After a very bumpy start, the 93-year-old Cartier Bresson revealed some of the founding ideas of his art - especially the notion of the 'decisive moment' that allowed his photographs to be both completely informal yet beautifully composed. Gayford learns about photography but also how to be a better interviewer.

02Marina Abramovic2014032520150714 (R3)

Marina Abramovic is the 'grandmother of performance art'. Her work, which has brought her world-wide fame, has included lacerating her body, starving herself, living entirely in public in a gallery for 12 days and exchanging places for an afternoon with an Amsterdam prostitute.

To Martin Gayford, the art historian, performance art was a mystery. But his meeting with the surprisingly cheerful Abramovic in Venice upsets some of his prejudices and gives him an insight into the rigour and the almost spiritual discipline of the artist's work.

02Marina Abramovic20140325

Marina Abramovic is the 'grandmother of performance art'. Her work, which has brought her world-wide fame, has included lacerating her body, starving herself, living entirely in public in a gallery for 12 days and exchanging places for an afternoon with an Amsterdam prostitute.

To Martin Gayford, the art historian, performance art was a mystery. But his meeting with the surprisingly cheerful Abramovic in Venice upsets some of his prejudices and gives him an insight into the rigour and the almost spiritual discipline of the artist's work.

02Marina Abramovic20140325

02Marina Abramovic2014032520150714 (R3)

is the 'grandmother of performance art'. Her work, which has brought her world-wide fame, has included lacerating her body, starving herself, living entirely in public in a gallery for 12 days and exchanging places for an afternoon with an Amsterdam prostitute.

To Martin Gayford, the art historian, performance art was a mystery. But his meeting with the surprisingly cheerful Abramovic in Venice upsets some of his prejudices and gives him an insight into the rigour and the almost spiritual discipline of the artist's work.

Marina Abramovic is the 'grandmother of performance art'. Her work, which has brought her world-wide fame, has included lacerating her body, starving herself, living entirely in public in a gallery for 12 days and exchanging places for an afternoon with an Amsterdam prostitute.

03Robert Rauschenberg2014032620150715 (R3)

A turtle in the elevator, a television on the cooker - there was plenty to disconcert the critic Martin Gayford when he paid a visit to the artist Robert Rauschenberg in his New York loft.

Rauschenberg was a 20th century master - an artist whose paintings, 'combines' and graphic work anticipated pop art and many other genres, years before they became universally fashionable.

Gayford discovers a man wedded to the idea of surprise and to trying to reflect the the deluge of imagery which characterises our world.

03Robert Rauschenberg20140326

A turtle in the elevator, a television on the cooker - there was plenty to disconcert the critic Martin Gayford when he paid a visit to the artist Robert Rauschenberg in his New York loft.

Rauschenberg was a 20th century master - an artist whose paintings, 'combines' and graphic work anticipated pop art and many other genres, years before they became universally fashionable.

Gayford discovers a man wedded to the idea of surprise and to trying to reflect the the deluge of imagery which characterises our world.

03Robert Rauschenberg20140326

03Robert Rauschenberg2014032620150715 (R3)

A turtle in the elevator, a television on the cooker - there was plenty to disconcert the critic Martin Gayford when he paid a visit to the artist Robert Rauschenberg in his New York loft.

Rauschenberg was a 20th century master - an artist whose paintings, 'combines' and graphic work anticipated pop art and many other genres, years before they became universally fashionable.

Gayford discovers a man wedded to the idea of surprise and to trying to reflect the the deluge of imagery which characterises our world.

04Patrick Heron2014032720150716 (R3)

Martin Gayford spent a week watching the artist Patrick Heron preparing breakfast in the kitchen of his house - Eagle's Nest - overlooking the Cornish coast.

Heron was a celebrated member of the St Ives School and he relished living amid the boulder-strewn fields in the specially luminous light of Cornwall.

During a week of conversations Gayford begins to realise the depth of Heron's rootedness in the Cornish landscape and, for all the apparently militant modernism of the paintings - how the work was directly informed by the beauty of the place.

04Patrick Heron20140327

Martin Gayford spent a week watching the artist Patrick Heron preparing breakfast in the kitchen of his house - Eagle's Nest - overlooking the Cornish coast.

Heron was a celebrated member of the St Ives School and he relished living amid the boulder-strewn fields in the specially luminous light of Cornwall.

During a week of conversations Gayford begins to realise the depth of Heron's rootedness in the Cornish landscape and, for all the apparently militant modernism of the paintings - how the work was directly informed by the beauty of the place.

04Patrick Heron20140327

04Patrick Heron2014032720150716 (R3)

Martin Gayford spent a week watching the artist Patrick Heron preparing breakfast in the kitchen of his house - Eagle's Nest - overlooking the Cornish coast.

Heron was a celebrated member of the St Ives School and he relished living amid the boulder-strewn fields in the specially luminous light of Cornwall.

During a week of conversations Gayford begins to realise the depth of Heron's rootedness in the Cornish landscape and, for all the apparently militant modernism of the paintings - how the work was directly informed by the beauty of the place.

052014032820150717 (R3)

What did the critic Martin Gayford make of an artist who confessed not to be able to finish a picture? One whose sitters were obliged to commit to several years of posing? Of a painter struggling to bend the naked body of a girl into the shape of the pyramids of Giza?

Euan Uglow was an uncompromising and difficult artist.

Martin recalls touring the painter's rambling London House-cum-studio on a boozy evening and learning more about the artist for whom precision and perfection were the driving forces.

0520140328

052014032820150717 (R3)

What did the critic Martin Gayford make of an artist who confessed not to be able to finish a picture? One whose sitters were obliged to commit to several years of posing? Of a painter struggling to bend the naked body of a girl into the shape of the pyramids of Giza?

Euan Uglow was an uncompromising and difficult artist.

Martin recalls touring the painter's rambling London House-cum-studio on a boozy evening and learning more about the artist for whom precision and perfection were the driving forces.

05 LASTEuan Uglow20140328

What did the critic Martin Gayford make of an artist who confessed not to be able to finish a picture? One whose sitters were obliged to commit to several years of posing? Of a painter struggling to bend the naked body of a girl into the shape of the pyramids of Giza?

Euan Uglow was an uncompromising and difficult artist.

Martin recalls touring the painter's rambling London House-cum-studio on a boozy evening and learning more about the artist for whom precision and perfection were the driving forces.

05 LASTEuan Uglow20140328

What did the critic Martin Gayford make of an artist who confessed not to be able to finish a picture? One whose sitters were obliged to commit to several years of posing? Of a painter struggling to bend the naked body of a girl into the shape of the pyramids of Giza?

Euan Uglow was an uncompromising and difficult artist.

Martin recalls touring the painter's rambling London House-cum-studio on a boozy evening and learning more about the artist for whom precision and perfection were the driving forces.