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8 films about painters for students of Fine Arts

What I seek is not reality or unreality, but the unconscious …”

-Amedeo Modigliani.

The act of removing the cinematic scene from what is considered art is like trying to separate life from death. A useless action that would demean the seventh art and all artistic disciplines together. At the time, cinema was the direct descendant of photography and as such had to be linked to the painting of which, after all, it was distant family. Nowadays the performing arts seem so alien to the pictorial ones that we tend to separate them and to emphasize some with respect to others but there is a reality that goes beyond all subjective valuation: we are children of the cinema. No matter how many books we read or write, how many paintings we believe because we will always think of the thousand and one images seen in the cinema when we do.

The inspiring art in 8 films about essential painters

If you’ve started studying Fine Arts, chances are you’ve already Watch some of the feature xmovies8 films that follow or you may be able to add others that are not on this list. In any case the objective of this article is so easy to guess that simply must be added: Live the art as we live it in Artelista!

1. Klimt

The Austrian painter is one of the most famous in Europe and possibly the main attraction of the Belvedere Museum (Vienna) . Based on the life of the artist, this feature film stars the immense John Malkovich in the role of the controversial artist. The film is endowed with an obsessive personality and obsessed with the female body. Gustav Klimt lived a relatively comfortable life in spite of his character, which was what condemned him without having died yet.

2. Frida

Salma Hayek had already carved out a film career when she decided to star in Frida . The feature film ranges from the years of Frida Kahlo’s institute to the last moments of her life, although obvious interesting passages she lived with Chavela Vargas. Hollywood stuff. The surrealist painter was the first to discover the benefits that art has when suffering from physical illness, but not by the elimination of external pain, but by the anesthetic power of emotional suffering. Today you can visit the Frida Kahlo House Museum in Mexico City and, in addition,

3. Renoir

Unlike the previous two feature films, Renoir is not a film designed to entertain. Neither was born to have a fast paced Hollywood style. He does not even tell the story of the great years of the great Impressionist, but what he enters is the decline of genius. However, although the director marks slow times and is recreated in the aesthetic aspect, Renoir is  perceived as an example of love for art to levels that grateful masochism (Auguste Renoir suffered arthritis throughout his life and pains in His last years were unbearable but he continued painting until he could not more).

4. The Picasso Band

In 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum. The band of foreign thieves who took the lady of Da Vinci , in theory, had been  led by the painter Pablo Picasso.  It was never proven but that did not save Picasso from having to spend the night in the dungeon. Yet it is an interesting contribution that shows another of the faces of art; Its value in the market and the numerous robberies that have been perpetrated throughout the contemporary history of great masterpieces. There are other recent couchtuner films such as La Banda de Picasso (2012) that show the intrigues that art awakens as it happens in the case of the feature film Trance  by Danny Boyle .

5. Big Eyes

This film is not only attractive from a cinematographic point of view since it is directed by  Tim Burton  and promises, at least, entertainment. There is much more. It shows one of the most famous cases of usurpation of artistic identity in the history of the twentieth century. The story of the famous painter Margaret Keane is that of many women who throughout history had to hide in a male figure to be taken into account. This artist who currently has one of the most millionaire heritage of all the painters of the twentieth century was at the time noneuneada because his ex-husband Walter Keane appropriated the authorship of his work for decades. In some ways,

6. Arts and Crafts

This documentary recommendation I saw so long ago that I barely remember the details but the central theme revolves around the figure of William Morris and his disciples. They created the artistic tendency Arts and Crafts in century XIX and, at present, their paintings continue in force. The documentary deals with the techniques used as well as the vicissitudes that lead to wanting to lead a life of artist (commissioned).

7. Modigliani

If there is a painter who gave the art more than he got in return, that was  Amedeo Modigliani. His paintings , full of messages and visual rhetoric, made him a representative of the artist’s bohemian life at the turn of the century, while his magnetic (and problematic) personality earned him as much hatred as passion. The twentieth century did not know until very recently the oasis of his work in the middle of the boom of Impressionism, Cubism and Expressionism. The truth is that Modigliani was the example of an artist who lives his life as he paints his work.

8. The girl in the pearl

Who does not know one of the most famous Dutch painters of all time? Or, rather, who has not seen a cheap replica of his most famous painting, La Joven de la Perla  in a doctor’s office or in a bookstore? Surely you’ve come to mind, right? In this film you can learn more about the story behind the painting.

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