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My favourite films about artists.


Pollock. This is very well constructed film that provides an insight into the life and art of the abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. not exactly the style of art I like but the acting and plot are first class. Here is a link to more info about the film.
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Frida This film explores the life and work of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. There is a strong focus on Frida's relationship with the artist Diego Riviera. I liked this film but I think it does not show enough of Frida's art. More info about the film here here...

Mr Turner I thought this was an interesting contemporary film about the life and work of the English artist Joseph Turner, It had been criticized for focusing too much on his private life. However I think it is has a reasonable balance between his private life and artistic life, It gives a good portrayal of early 19th century views on science and the arts. It gave me a good insight into the workings of the royal academy .More info about the film here...

SerphineThis was a very interesting film about the life of the artist Seraphine de Senlis who was a poor cleaner who created art pieces as a hobby. A German art collector, Wilhelm Uhde, who was staying a small hotel where she worked, saw one of her paintings and was enthralled by the primitive aspect of her work, The film is set at the beginning of the first world war. Seraphine is an eccentric loner who said that an angel had visited her and urged her to paint. The character development is very good in this film and the acting is of a high standard, A very entertaining and informative film about the art world at the beginning of the 20th century. More info about the film here

Lust for life. A film which deals with the back story of Vincent Van Gough. Really brilliant acting form Kirk Douglas as Vincent and Antony Quinn as Paul Gauguin. A very sympathetic portrayal of Van Gough's struggles with life and his art. Vincent's relationship with his brother Theo is nicely explored. More about the film here...

The Horse's mouth is one my favourite films about the life of an artist, however the subject in the film is not a real life artist but a fictional character called Scully Jimsom played with some great comic aplomb by Alec Guiness. What impresses me about the artist portrayed in this film is that he is so driven by creating his one great mural masterpiece that he will lie, cheat and steal to realize his artistic dream. More info about the film here...