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Top 25 films about artists and art

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

1. Dalíland (2022)

Dalíland is a 2022 American biographical drama film directed by Mary Harron. It is based on the true story of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and his tempestuous marriage to muse and wife Gala during the 1970s

2.Loving Vincent (2017)

Loving Vincent is a 2017 experimental adult animated biographical drama film about the life of the painter Vincent van Gogh, and, in particular, about the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film

3.Frida (2022)

Frida is a 2002 American biographical drama film directed by Julie Taymor which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican artist Frida Kahlo

4.Basquiat (1996)

Basquiat is a 1996 American biographical drama film directed, written and co-composed by Julian Schnabel in his feature directorial debut. The film is based on the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. It is the first film about an American painter written and directed by another artist

5.Pollock (2000)

Pollock is a 2000 American independent biographical drama film centered on the life of American painter Jackson Pollock, his struggles with alcoholism, as well as his troubled marriage to his wife Lee Krasner.

6.Mr.Turner (2014)

Mr. Turner is a 2014 biographical drama film based on the last 25 years of the life of artist J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851)

7.Lust for live (1956)

Lust for Life is a 1956 American biographical film about the life of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, based on the 1934 novel of the same title by Irving Stone which was adapted for the screen by Norman Corwin

8.Klimt (2006)

Klimt is a 2006 Austrian art-house biographical film about the life of the Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt (1862–1918)

9.Séraphine (2008)

Séraphine is a 2008 French-Belgian film. The film follows the life of a middle-aged housekeeper, Séraphine Louis, who has a remarkable talent for painting

10.The Horses Mouth (1958)

The Horses Mouth is a comedy-drama about a struggling artist, starring Alec Guinness

11. The Devil and Daniel Johnston(2005)

The Devil and Daniel Johnston a documentary about the life and music of outsider artist Daniel Johnston

12. The Mystery of Picasso (1956)

The Mystery of Picasso is a 1956 French documentary film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. In it, the painter Pablo Picasso produces 20 drawings and paintings

13. Camille Claudel (1988)

Camille Claudel is a 1988 French biographical drama film about the life of 19th-century sculptor Camille Claudel. The film was based on the book by Reine-Marie Paris, granddaughter of Camille's brother, the poet and diplomat Paul Claudel

14. Goya's Ghosts (2006)

Historical drama, the next life and art of the Spanish artist Francisco Goya

15. Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Girl with a Pearl Earring is a 2003 drama film directed by Peter Webber from a screenplay by Olivia Hetreed, based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier. Scarlett Johansson stars as Griet, a young 17th-century servant in the household of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer at the time he painted Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665) in the city of Delft in Holland

16. Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

Historical drama about Michelangelo's creation of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

17. The art of stealing (2008)

Two amateur thieves are hired to steal an extremely valuable Van Gogh painting from the abandoned farm of an Argentinian countess

18. The Square (2017)

Christian, a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, organizes an art event, enclosing a space in the European City Square so that people can share common interests. Wanting to make the campaign successful, Christian hires PR managers, but as a result, their work on the square attracts completely different attention...

19. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 jukebox musical romantic drama film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It follows a young English poet, Christian, who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine

20. Woman in Gold (2015)

Woman in Gold is a 2015 biographical drama film. The film is based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee living in Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles, who, together with her young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, fought the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt's iconic painting of her aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was stolen from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War II

21. The Forger (2014)

The Forger is a 2014 American thriller drama film.

Raymond Cutter, a second-generation criminal, cuts a deal with an underworld art dealer to get released early from prison to spend time with his son who has an inoperable brain tumor. He must forge a copy of Monet's Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son (in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) and switch it with the real one, with the help of his son and father, to repay the syndicate that arranged his release

22. The Great Contemporary Art Bubble (2009)

The film is a journey through the underbelly of the world of contemporary art. Lewis, visiting exhibitions, auction houses and talking with millionaires, collectors and art market experts, is trying to understand the reason for the largest increase in prices for works of contemporary art in history

23. An American in Paris (1951)

A musical novel set in Paris and featuring the art of Georges Seurat

24. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Exit Through the Gift Shop is a 2010 British documentary film directed by street artist Banksy. It tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles who, over the course of several years, filmed a host of street artists at work, including Shepard Fairey and Banksy, but failed to do anything with the footage. Eventually, Banksy decided to use the footage to make a documentary, which includes new footage depicting Guetta's rise to fame as the artist "Mr. Brainwash". In addition to narration read by Rhys Ifans, the story is largely related by Banksy himself, whose face is obscured and voice altered to preserve his anonymity

25. Iris (2014)

Iris is a documentary about the life and style of fashion icon Iris Apfel, who is also a contemporary art collector

This is just a brief overview of the many films that immerse us in the fascinating world of art and the lives of artists. Each of them tells a unique story and unveils the curtain on the creative process. These films teach us to appreciate art and inspire us to embark on our own creative endeavors. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy these masterpieces of cinema and get closer to the world of art. Amazing stories, stunning visuals, and profound inspiration await you. Immerse yourself in art and discover new facets of creativity thanks to these incredible films !

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