Artists_Biographies_on_Film__Top_Movies_about_Visual_Artists by MonikaKam


Artists Biographies on Film: Top Mo
vies about Visual Artists

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Here is a guide to the best movies
that describes the life of visual a

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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

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

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.

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