For those who are snuggling down on the sofa watching TV or movies on the laptop, do it Artsy! There is a wide variety of art movies or Art TV series dedicated to art that are really enjoyable, and most of them are not famous at all. Some movies are traditional art-themed stories about famous artists, but some are made so beautifully that art lovers will definitely like.
Here is the full ‘palette’ of the best art-themed movies for artists or art lovers (according to Travel.Art.Stories).
Opinion: This is the best movie about a famous artist. Frida is not just a movie documentary about the most famous female artist and the greatest Mexican culture ambassador. Frida Kahlo is a symbol of Mexica and female art icon, who not only made an undeniable contribution to the new art era but represented Mexican culture in the best way possible. This is Mexica we all adore – creative, super-bright, emotional, and passionate. In this movie, you are plunging into the atmosphere of Frida’s surrealistic paintings (and dreams, thoughts, life). At the same time, the film shows the whole drama and joy of Frida’s life. And, how she won in her battle for happiness. This is exactly how Frida supposed to be represented on the screen, and Salma Hayek’s best role ever (at least for now).
2. Genius: Picasso
These TV series are about famous and beloved Spanish artist and bad guy Pablo Picasso. What I love about this movie is Antonio Banderos playing Picasso. No doubt Banderos is one of the most beloved Spanish actors. Anyway, all actors who played Picasso in this movie are incredible, and I had a feeling that Picasso is alive. The movie will pass you through all life stages of a famous artist, but Picasso was shown a little bit too nice. What do you think?
A very romantic movie about love and dramatic life and love of an Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani.
This is a movie about a well-known American painter – Paul Jackson Pollock. The movie itself is very realistic and represents the artist from different angles of his personality, reflecting the ‘inside’ of the art market.
5. Moulin Rouge and Moulin Rouge
Both movies, Baz Lurman version and old movies are the right choice for those who adore Paris painter and one of the first printmakers, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Thanks to these movies, you will get into the atmosphere of Moulin Rouge, bohemian Montmartre, and cabaret.
6. Mr. Turner
J.M.W. Turner is one of the greatest artists in the UK. This is a biographic movie of an exploration of the last quarter-century of the great if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner’s life.
7. Being Leonardo Da Vinci
What makes this movie different from other movies about artists is the narrative who complements every step of the genius.
8. The Impressionists
Movies about our beloved impressionist art movement in France, showing how this movement has started and the destiny of its members.
9. Desperate Romantics
This is the movie of pre-raphaelites artists, real romantics who gave us romantic, vintage paintings.
10. Van Gogh
Three movies about Van Gogh and all are very interesting to watch. All have different plots and show various stages of Van Gog’s life.
– Loving Vincent. An experimental animated biographical drama film about the life of the artist Vincent Van Gogh and, in particular, about the circumstances of his death. This is the first full-length animated feature film.
– Vincent & Theo. This is a 1990 biographical drama film about the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) starring Tim Roth, and his brother Theo (1857–1891), an art dealer.
– ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ is a 2018 biographical drama film about the final years of painter Vincent van Gogh’s life. After its release, there were various negative feedbacks, but, my opinion, this is the first carton that reflects depressive and despair of Vincent’s life. The camera is following our artist and immerses us into his life.
11. Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti
Starring Vincent Cassel, the movie shows us a turning point of the artist’s life when he left everything he had in his fancy Paris life to become an artist.
12. Exit Through The Gift Shop
Ode to street-art, how it’s all began, showing first street-art appearances on the street. The movie interviews different artists, including Banksy!
13. Factory Girl
In this movie, you will get to ‘Factory’ life of Manhatten, and Andy Warhol’s famous girlfriend. Based on the tragic life of socialite Edie Sedgwick, who was at the height of pop art in New York in the 1960s and was in a relationship with artist Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan.
14. A Bigger Splash
Semi-fictionalized documentary biopic of British artist David Hockney. When David Hockney’s lover, Peter Schlesinger, breaks up with him, David has a complete emotional collapse. An artist suddenly discovers that he cannot create anything; he is overcome by depression and loneliness…
15. Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
Do you still think it is easy to create Marina Abramovic art-installations? Now, watch this movie…
16. Kusama Infinity
Yayoi Kusama, who has become the world’s best-selling artist, has overcome incredible obstacles to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. Life in Polka Dots explores the artist Yayoi Kusama’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her prominence in America in the 1960s.
17. We’ll Take Manhattan
A look at the love affair between 1960s supermodel Jean Shrimpton and photographer David Bailey, who were pioneers of the new era of fashion photography we know today.
18. Blow Up
Another great movie about a photographer (and, by the way, the main actor David Hemmings was inspired by David Bailey), directed by great Italian Michelangelo Antonioni. The movie is an excellent representation of 60s London, not that we know from Austin Powers movie but in the real 60s. The main character is a famous Boheme London photographer, and through his journey, you will see 60s London. In my opinion, this is the best movie about London and 60s.
19. My Generation
Another great movie about 60s London, its vibe and art. Michael Caine explores the 1960s Cultural Revolution, reviews archival material, and interviews several key figures, including David Bailey, Joan Collins, Sandy Shaw, Twiggy and Paul McCartney.
20. Big Eyes
American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Tim Burton and written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in the lead roles. The film tells about the American artist Margaret Keane’s life, known for painting and painting portraits of people with big eyes.
21. Woman in Gold
If you are Gustav Klimt’s fan, you would definitely enjoy this movie!
22. Girl with a Pearl
Great interpretation of Vermeer’s age, the Golden Era in the Netherlands. The movie shows its variation of ‘Girl with a pear’ famous painting, and the movie reflects the atmosphere of Vermeer’s art.
23. The Miniaturist
If you enjoyed ‘Girl with a pear’, you would enjoy this masterpiece that also shows the Golden Era in the Netherlands. Costumes, Dutch cities, beautiful houses and interiors – everything you need for cold winter evenings.
Control is a 2007 British biopic about the life of Ian Curtis, singer of the late 1970s English post-punk band Joy Division. This is the first feature film directed by Anton Corbijn, who has worked as a photographer for Joy Division. The movie reflects the mood of the main hero, his songs, his despair, and the city of Manchester.
The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The movie is directed by Milos Forman. This is the best biopic about classical music you can imagine.
26. The Artist
Iconic, ‘Oscar’ movie made by French about old Hollywood.
A collection of restored prints from the Lumière Brothers.
28. La La Land
If you still haven’t watched this incredible movie, do it now. The movie is an explosion of art, music, jazz directed by genius Damien Chazelle.
Another masterpiece of Damien Chazelle and another touching story about a talented person, a drummer who is fully dedicated to his main obsession – music.
Lovely, cute, and relaxing movie about a girl who wants to open a bookshop in a small English village. The movie is full of positive philosophy and amazing views of the English village.
31. How to steal a million
Elegant, very artsy, starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole.
32. L’homme orchestre
Oh la la! This is a French movie about female dance group starring by Louis de Funès.
33. Abstract: The Art of Design
Meet eight of the most creative thinkers and imaginative minds working in the world of art and design today in the new Netflix original documentary series, Abstract: The Art of Design.
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