The Antagonists – Rivalry in Art // TURNER VS CONSTABLE

TV-documentary // 52 min // commissioned by Arte / ZDF // produced by 3b Produktion Berlin
London 1832 – the 64th edition of the Royal Academy of Arts is to be opened in two days to come. Two paintings of the great British landscape painters John Constable (1776 – 1837) and William Turner (1775 – 1851) are hanging side by side in the exhibition room. Before the grand opening the artists are allowed to apply last brushstrokes. Day after day Turner keeps a wary eye on the two paintings, looking over Constable’s shoulder. Finally he resolutely returns to the exhibition room with paintbrush and palette and adds a red buoy to his monochromatic painting. Constable immediately understands and is dismayed writing, “He has been here and fired a gun.” About the series: Two outstanding artists, one location, and an acrimonious rivalry – these are the key ingredients for the three-part series “The Antagonists: Rivalry in Art” which deals with envy and burning ambition, drive and the desire to reach new heights of artistic creation, as well as failure and the triumph of success. At the heart of each episode lies a conflict and a break with tradition that will eventually lead to innovation. Through their rivalry we will come to understand their real character and their true story will be revealed.
direction Andreas Gräfenstein
written Andreas Gräfenstein & Lucie Tamborini
director of photography Philipp Baben der Erde
sound Robert Sandow
edited Anne Kliem
design & animation Andreea Wende, Michael Wende, Tom Degel
narrator Hansi Jochmann
colour grading Jan Hartmann
recording mixer Jörn Steinhoff
production management Lucie Tamborini
producer Bernhard von Hülsen, Maria Willer
commissioning editors ZDF Dieter Schneider, Lena Goliasch

A production of 3B Produktion GmbH, in cooperation with ZDF/Arte With the support of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg ©2017 ZDF/3B Produktion

direction Andreas Gräfenstein
written Andreas Gräfenstein & Lucie Tamborini
director of photography Philipp Baben der Erde
sound Robert Sandow
edited Anne Kliem
design & animation Andreea Wende, Michael Wende, Tom Degel
narrator Hansi Jochmann
colour grading Jan Hartmann
recording mixer Jörn Steinhoff
production management Lucie Tamborini
producer Bernhard von Hülsen, Maria Willer
commissioning editors ZDF Dieter Schneider, Lena Goliasch

A production of 3B Produktion GmbH, in cooperation with ZDF/Arte With the support of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg ©2017 ZDF/3B Produktion

About the series

About the series

Two outstanding artists, one location, and an acrimonious rivalry – these are the key ingredients for the three-part series “The Antagonists: Rivalry in Art” which deals with envy and burning ambition, drive and the desire to reach new heights of artistic creation, as well as failure and the triumph of success. At the heart of each episode lies a conflict and a break with tradition that will eventually lead to innovation. Through their rivalry we will come to understand their real character and their true story will be revealed.