Title: Artists Biographies on Film: Top Mo vies about Visual Artists Word Count: 591 Summary: Here is a guide to the best movies that describes the life of visual a rtists. Keywords: visual artists biographies, Vincent Van Gogh biography,art,arts,entert ainment Article Body: Visual artists biographies is a pop ular theme in the movie world. Movi emakers have always been fascinated by visual artists biographies, esp ecially if it includes struggle wit h insanity, drug addiction or socia l conventions. In addition, it give s them an opportunity to depict ori ginal or resurrected artworks on th e big screen. Here you can read about some of the most interesting movies about visu al artists biographies. Lust for Life directed by Vincente M innelli in 1952 Vincent Van Gogh biography had gain ed several cinematic adaptations. L ust for Life with Kirk Douglas as t he struggling artist is one of the most notable. The movie is based on a best selling book by Irving Ston e, who also authored The Agony and the Ecstasy about Michelangelo, whi ch also had appeared on the silver screen. If you are a fan of Van Gogh artwor k, you would enjoy watching Last fo r Life, which features almost 200 o f Van Goghs original paintings. How ever, if you are familiar with Kirk Douglas previous filmographic, see ing him as a tortured Dutch painter might take a little adjustment. An other recommended film about Van Go gh is Robert Altmans Vincent and Th eo from 1990. Surviving Picasso directed by James Ivory in 1996 Like Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso image made him an iconic figure outside t he artistic circles. While Van Gogh symbolizes the self destructive, m anic depressive artist who achieves success only after his death, Pica sso represents the misanthropic and womanizer artist. Picasso infamous relationship with women is the foc us of this Merchant and Ivory film. The story is told from the eyes of Picasso mistress Francoise Gilot a nd features only reproductions of P icasso works. With Anthony Hopkins talent and his physical resemblance to Picasso, Surviving Picasso mana ges to create an unflattering portr ait of an artist as a cruel, self c entered genius. Girl with Pearl Earring directed by Peter Webber in 2003 Comparing to Van Gogh and Picasso, Vermeers biography is less known an d less controversial. Therefore Gir l with Pearl Earring is much more r estrained and delicate. The movie f ocuses on a short period in Vermeer s life in which he was painting the portrait of his young low class ma id. Although Girl with Pearl Earrin g does not avoid filmic conventions by over dramatizing Vermeers paint ing process, the movie is worth wat ching if only for its artistic desi gn, which success in evoking Vermee rs perception of light and color. Basquiat directed by Julian Schnabel in 1996 The most common critique against mo vies that deals with visual arts is the way they depict the creation p rocess. Therefore, there were big e xpectations from Basquiat, which wa s directed by the celebrated painte r Julian Schnabel. Schnabel did wel l in depicting Jean Michelle Basqui at rise and fall story in less the predictable manner we have seen mil lions time before. However, the onl y reason to watch Basquiat is David Bowie plays the role of Andy Warhol. Frida directed by Julie Taymor in 20 02 Like most of the visual artists who had their life story appear on the silver screen, Frida Kahlo carried an unusual biography, which includ es bus accident, problematic marria ge, and an affair with Leon Trotsky . Like Van Gogh, Picasso and Jackso n Pollock, who was the subject of a biopic from 2000, Frida Kahlo was an icon long before Frida was relea sed, but the 123 minutes film did h elp to strength her position as a f eminist idol and probably the most famous woman painter of the 20 cent ury. Frida tries its best to integr ate Frida Kahlo life story with her painting and the result is very co lorful and pleasant, but still does not stay far enough from the conve ntions of depicting artists on film.