Ce que mes yeux ont vu/what my eyes have seen (2007) has been the best viewing surprise
I've had this holiday season. Laurent de Bartillat has imagined the suspense of a detective story concerning Watteau, one of the most mysterious painters of all times, that succeeds in being aesthetically pleasing and having a intriguing psychological edge.
"one takes a detail and tries to understand not only why the artist has placed it in the picture, but also what story it tells about him. And the further the research goes, the more one is drawn into the inside of the painting. As with a police inquiry, it is a matter of working with clues, traces, correspondances,
Watteau died of tuberculosis at the age of 37. He was an innovator in a period of change between Louis XIV and Louis XV, the Regency. His works were later to influence the Impressionists with their light but palpable air and were greatly admired by poets, in particular by Baudelaire and Verlaine.
Original paintings were made for the film by copy artist, Valerio Fascinani.
Sorry, no subtitles here, but you can get a sense of the atmosphere:
Sources: Le Monde, artefix, Musée du Louvre