I love watching movies, it’s something that I’ve always been passionate about, especially if the movie is an art movie then I will leave myself a reminder to go see it because I love to be inspired.
If you’re an artist or someone who wants to be inspired by a good art movie, this post will provide you with a list of some of my favorite art movies that I’ve seen over the years.
Surviving Picasso (1996)
Starring Anthony Hopkins as Picasso, this movie is based on the book by Francoise Gilot called “Life with Picasso”. It’s a very loose adaptation of the book and the movie was of panned by critics because of the producers choice to cast Hopkins (a British actor) as Picasso.
I enjoyed Surviving Picasso because it showcases the creative energy that Picasso had and what it must have been like for everyone around him to keep up with his creative energy even as he got into his 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
Loving Vincent (2018)
This art movie took years to get off the ground and completed but Loving Vincent is absolute mastery and a perfect tribute to the life of Vincent Van Gogh.
The story involves a young man delivering Van Gogh’s final letter and learning more about who he really was after talking with the people who loved him.
Unlike other art movies, Loving Vincent is a movie where each scene was hand painted by dozens of artists so it literally is like watching the world of Van Gogh come to life as he may have seen it.
Starring Salma Hayek, Frida is about the life about famed artist Frida Kahlo and the relationship she had with her artist husband Diego Rivera.
Hayek’s performance as Frida is superb and the entire cast is excellent. You will walk away from this movie with a better understanding of her art and the lives of two of the best artists who ever lived.
Starring Ed Harris, Pollock tells the story of Jackson Pollock, a mid 20th Century painter who quickly rose to fame in the 1950’s. This is another superb art film because it really showcases the creative process of the artist and their work as the movie was a passion project for it’s star Ed Harris who actually took up painting so that he would be even more convincing on film during the painting scenes. Harris’s hard work paid off and this film will stand the test of time as being one of the best art movies to be produced in the last 100 years.
Basquiat is about the life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a well-known New York based artist from the 1970’s and 1980’s who started out as a street artist only to connect with Andy Warhol and the New York art community of the time and quickly rise to fame before his tragic death.
David Bowie stands out in this movie with his portrayal of Andy Warhol which is excellent because, Bowie was a huge fan of Warhol’s and may have crossed paths with him during the height of his artistic fame.
What are some of your favorite art movies that you’ve watched over the years? Feel free to leave me a comment below!