Beautiful: photography, acting, script. Apart from the already mentioned conflict with his master in chapter one, I have chosen three Armitage moments in chapter two, which is my favourite:
- the above scene, when Monet meets Mme. Hoschedé, performed by the extraordinary Amanda Root that I’ve had the chance to see in BBC’s 1995 “Persuasion” playing the role of Anne Elliot.
- the death of Camille Monet. The painter does not interrupt his chase of the moment, lights and colours even in such dramatic circumstances and paints his already dead wife in her deathbead. When Mme. Hoschedé comes into the room Monet is sat, defeated, observing the corpse and then, embarrassed, cries in her arms.
- the conflict with Edgard Degas. Monet, drawn by his financial needs, exposes again his pictures in the official salon and not together with the impressionists and Degas attacks him in a denigratory press article, gossiping also about his relationship with Mme. Hoschedé; Monet reacts grasping Degas by the lapels of his jacket and saying with rage “you will not make slanderous comments, in the press, about my private life!” Priceless.
“The Impressionists” is one of the many tv jewels that BBC has given us in the last years. I sincerely hope that Richard should not give up working in BBC series, I will keep my fingers crossed for him to have a part in the second season of “The Hollow Crown”.