Rubens (1948)

Henri Storcks documentary on the work of Pieter Paul Rubens is a true lesson in art history. Through evocative split screens, Rubens’s fluid and natural style  is systematically set against the relative stiffness of Flemish Primitive painters like Dieric Bouts and Jan Van Eyck. Storck clearly feels at ease when taking on the role of the art history teacher. Despite his didactic approach, the experimental filmmaker often shimmers through.