Let's start a list of our favorite films about artists and art!


Here are some films about artists and art that I can recommend.  I've included the link to imdb so you can check it out more if you want...


Feature films that are essentially artist biographies:

  1. Frida - starring Selma Hayek as Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter. Released in 2002.
  2. Surviving Picasso - starring Anthony Hopkins as Pablo Picasso. Released in 1996.
  3. Pollock - starring Ed Harris as Jackson Pollock. Released in 2000.
  4. Basquiat - starring Jeffrey Wright as Jean Michel Basquiat. Released in 1996.
  5. My Left Foot - starring Daniel Day Lewis as Christy Brown, a man born with cerebral palsy who paints with his left foot.  Lewis won an Academy Award for this role. Released in 1989.
  6. Lust for Life - starring Kirk Douglas as Vincent van Gogh and Anthony Quinn as Paul Gaugin. Released in 1956.


Beautiful documentaries:

  1. Rivers & Tides - about the work of Andy Goldsworthy, who makes art from nature. A peaceful, beautiful documentary. Released in 2001.
  2. Cave of Forgotten Dreams - 3-D documentary about the oldest known cave art, in southern France. Directed by Werner Herzog. Released in 2010.


Also worth mentioning:

  1. Art School Confidential - quirky film about art school and the contemporary art world. John Malkovich plays a role as an art professor. Made in 2006.


Do you have any others to share?  What are your favorite films/documentaries about artists and art?

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Grace - These sound like great additions to our list of films about artists and art - thank you for suggesting them!


I have a copy of Between the Folds but haven't watched it yet - I look forward to it, especially after hearing your opinion of it!


I haven't seen the Paul Klee one but I love his work, so I might keep an eye out for it.

I like the film about the Dutch Artist Jan Vermeer.  Its called ' The Girl with a Pearl Earing'  with Colin Firth.

Yes, it´s beautiful movie, Rob, i love it!

I know only one movie about artist. About Thomas Kinkade, my favorite painter. It´s called "Christmas cottage". I like it. this movie is about his beginnings and people, who inspired him, for example, his teacher of art. I love so much one sentence from thist movie- "I wont teach you, how you paint- I´ll teach you why..." :)

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