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"Behind the Artist" paints portraits of the lives of some of history's greatest painters, architects, sculptors and other artists and presents some of their best-known masterpieces like they haven't been seen previously. People know the subjects' names, but the stories of how they rose to fame aren't as well-known, which is an oversight that this series aims to fix. Vincent van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein and Pablo Picasso are among the featured artists whose stories are told.

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Today's iconic Picasso has out shined yesterday's young Pablo, a Catalan immigrant who arrived in the 1900 Paris with great expectations.
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At the age of 95, Pierre Soulages pays tribute to his life's work and witnesses the opening of an artistic sanctuary in his hometown, in the South of France.
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Roy Lichtenstein's famous pictures portray the American culture with irony and became the token of a time and paved the way for a new artistic move.
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Philippe Parreno became famous for his mosaic of artistic expressions; in his universe, videos converge with performances, design, sculpture, music, cinema and drawings.
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Monumenta invites international artists to the Grand Palais' monumental nave, a glass-roofed hall with immense proportions, to create massive art installations.
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With remarkable masterpieces like "The Thinker" and "The Kiss" ranking among the most famous sculptures across the world, Auguste Rodin receives praise as a national monument in his lifetime.
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Le Corbusier is synonymous with architecture; an idealist who wanted to change the world with his architectural masterpieces.
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A fascinating analysis of paparazzi's work, and offers interviews of the most renowned professionals, including the American legend Ron Galella, Sebastien Valiela or the duo Pascal Rostain and Bruno Mouron.
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With paintings exhibited in the most prestigious museums all over the world, Van Gogh has become a powerful trademark which embodies the absolute figure of the poor accursed artist.
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A film telling the story of the cultural center named after late French President Georges Pompidou on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his death.

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