Movies about Artists

Movies about the artists are an eye-opener and worth watching. We have gathered the list of the best movies for you to watch!

Lust For Life (1956)

Kirk Douglas stars as the amazing actor Vincent van Gogh. A retelling of the novel of the same title from Irving Stone, the film explores the life of van Gogh, explaining how he became an artist, his life through the heights the artist’s career. It also reveals eventually, his passing. Art was the main focus of this Dutch painter and this film captures the essence of this artist beautifully. Filmed on the location of France, Belgium in Belgium, France and Belgium, France and the Netherlands, Lust For Life was not an immediate commercial success but it did get the film four Academy Award nominations with one award being awarded the actor Anthony Quinn, who plays Paul Gauguin. It is recommended as one of the best movies about the artists!

The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

Charlton Hestonportrays Michelangelo in the period when he was painting his masterpiece the Sistine Chapel and fought with Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison). Based on a novel written created by Irving Stone, the film shows the struggles the Renaissance painter encountered during this particular trip, starting with being accused of being a blasphemer, to becoming blind for a short period of time. It has been nominated to win five Oscars in addition to 2 Golden Globes. It is recommended as one of the best movies about the artists!

Basquiat (1996)

A film by an indie filmmaker focused on the life and times of Jean-Michel Basquiat (played by Jeffrey Wright) and his paintings were infused by social commentary. It traces his life as an artist on the streets (who did live on streets) and how he was discovered through Andy Warhol ( David Bowie) as well as others and how he was made an in-demand artist, as well as the tragic death of an overdose of a drug. Other actors featured in the movie include: Benicio Del Toro Gary Oldman, Courtney Love along with Christopher Walken.

Pollock (2000)

Pollock is a documentary about what happened to American abstract expressionism artist Jackson Pollock. Pollock (portrayed by Ed Harris, who also directed the film and was awarded the Best Actor Oscar nod) was well-known for his drip painting that have been regarded as one of the most expensive artworks ever sold. The film follows his rise as a struggling artist through international fame and chronicles his struggle with alcoholism, and the tragic loss in a car crash. The film co-stars Marcia Gay Harden as his wife and fellow artist Lee Krasner – she won an Oscar for her performance as well as Jennifer Connelly as Ruth, his lover. It is recommended as one of the best movies about the artists!

Frida (2002)

The film is based on her life and everything she endured, from a devastating accident at 18 that would change her throughout her life, all the way to her passionate and turbulent union with her fellow artist Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo was an incredibly large-than-life character. The film explores not just her private life, however also the professional life. Salma Hayek beautifully portrays Frida and Alfred Molina plays Rivera. It is recommended as one of the best movies about the artists!

Seraphine

Seraphine De Senlis more commonly popularly known by her nickname Seraphine Louis was an older French housekeeper who was a self-taught artist attracted by nature, even though she didn’t begin using an art brush until 41. She was famously known for incorporating into her paintings materials like soil and blood from dead animals that she found during her walks every day. Seraphine describes how she was spotted through German artist Wilhelm Uhde. The film was a critic’s fan favorite and picked up a number of awards.

Andrei Rublev (1966)

Andrei Rublev was a 15th-century icon painter from Russia. It is organized into eight chapters. Andrei Tarkovsky’s masterwork is a look at various events in the turbulent 15th century Russia and also on Rublev’s life at the time. It was awarded numerous prizes, was screened at major festivals, such as The Cannes Film Festival, and has been featured on many lists of films to watch. It is recommended as one of the best movies about the artists!

Camille Claudel (1988)

While she is forever linked to Auguste Rodin, Camille Claudel was an excellent artist of her own. The biopic chronicles her life starting from the time when she met Rodin and tracks their blossoming relationship, the growth of her profession, as well as the decline in her mental health. Isabelle Adjani’s performance was rewarded with an award for the Cesar award for Best Actress and an Oscar nomination.

Big Eyes (2014)

Big Eyes tells the story of Margaret Keane, an artist who was largely ignored for years since her husband Walter claimed all credit. The film was directed by Tim Burton and starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in the lead roles, Big Eyes follows Margaret and Walter’s lives , and how it was proved that she was in fact the true artist behind the paintings depicting people with large eyes. Adams won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. It is recommended as one of the best movies about the artists!

Edvard Munch (1974)

directed by Peter Watkins in his docudrama style the film is a story about the famous Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. It spans a decade (1884-1894) and includes a few flashbacks that are thrown in, like the day his mother dies at the age of five young. He is known for his expressionist art and his famous painting “The Scream”, Munch lived a fascinating life. Some of his work are shown in the film.

My Left Foot (1989)

My Left Foot is a story about Christy Brown, an Irish artist and writer who suffered from cerebral palsy and could only use his soles of his feet for his art. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, the film is inspired by Brown’s autobiography, and was well-liked by critics as well as moviegoers. Certain people were unhappy that the film ended with a happy ending in the way that Brown’s actual life wasn’t. He was married to Mary Carr, an alcoholic and former prostitute who abused him until the point of death when he choked. Day-Lewis won the Best Actor Oscar.

The Mystery of Picasso (1956)

The documentary illustrates Picasso making new collages, drawings, and oil paintings, the majority that were destroyed due to the fact that Picasso wanted them to live exclusively on film. A rare glimpse into the brain of the master.

Mr. Turner (2014)

Oft referred to as eccentric artist, it is said that the English Romantic painter Joseph Mallord William Turner produced awe-inspiring works of work that depicted pre-impressionist landscapes. Mike Leigh’s feature film that stars Timothy Spall, focuses on Turner’s relationship with his father his death having profound effects on him and his female servant whom that he relies upon for sex and a bed and breakfast owner with whom he builds an intimate relationship. It is recommended as one of the best movies about the artists!

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