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The Large Bathers

7 minutes

How Cézanne’s masterwork pushed painting towards experimentation and abstraction

At the end of his life, the influential French Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne laboured for seven years over his painting ‘The Large Bathers’. More than just one of his most celebrated and ambitious works, the painting helped to lay the foundation for the vast range of experimentation and abstraction in art that would follow. In this close analysis of the painting, the US filmmaker and vlogger The Nerdwriter explores how ‘The Large Bathers’, first exhibited in 1906, helped to make Cézanne ‘the bridge between all that came before and all that was to come’.

Video by The Nerdwriter

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Astronomy

When we look for aliens, why do we always find ourselves staring back?

5 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

This ancient mnemonic technique builds a palace of memory

Lynne Kelly

Essay/Stories & Literature

Readers of the world unite

How markets, Marx, and provincial elites created world literature to fight both empire and nationalism

Martin Puchner

Video/Sports & Games

How Gaelic sports became a cultural binding force in Ireland’s most diverse town

15 minutes

Idea/Travel

We have a new word for that feeling when travel makes everything new

Liam Heneghan

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Talking gibberish

The study of languages has long been prone to nonsense. Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots?

Gaston Dorren

Video/Sports & Games

Looking like time travellers from a bygone era, sumo wrestlers gather for a competition

3 minutes