Movies about painters

List of the best films about artists, selected by visitors to our site: The Danish Girl, Paper Castles, Little Ashes, The Yellow House, Nightwatching, Factory Girl, Modigliani, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Frida, My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown, Caravaggio, Im Winter ein Jahr, El Greco
The Danish Girl (2015)

Inspired by the true story of Danish artists Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda. It starts with a question, a simple favor asked of a husband by his wife on an afternoon chilled by the Baltic wind while both are painting in their studio. Her portrait model has canceled, and would he mind slipping into a pair of women's shoes and stockings for a few moments so she can finish the painting on time. "Of course," he answers. "Anything at all."

Paper Castles (2009)

María José studies painting at the School of Fine Arts of a big city. One morning, as she is preparing a canvas for the lesson, his classmate Jaime draws her portrait without her noticing. By his side —admiring his drawing skills— stands Marcos, the most talented student of their class. María José expects Jaime to give her the portrait as a gift, but after showing her the painting he unexpectedly decides to keep it for himself. From then on, María José, Jaime and Marcos will share their passion for painting and something more: a love story that will last until their learning stage is over and they face up to the real world.

Little Ashes (2008)

In 1922, Madrid is wavering on the edge of change as traditional values are challenged by the dangerous new influences of Jazz, Freud and the avant-garde. Salvador Dali arrives at the university; 18 years old and determined to become a great artist. His bizarre blend of shyness and rampant exhibitionism attracts the attention of two of the university's social elite - Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunel. Salvador is absorbed into their youthfully decadent group and for a time Salvador, Luis and Federico become a formidable trio, the most ultra-modern group in Madrid. However as time passes, Salvador feels and increasingly strong pull towards the charismatic Federico - who is himself oblivious of the attentions he is getting from his beautiful writer friend, Magdalena. In the face of his friends' preoccupations - and Federico's growing renown as a poet - Luis sets off for Paris in search of his own artistic success. Federico and Salvador spend the holiday in the sea-side town of ...

The Yellow House (2007)

John Simm stars as Vincent Van Gogh in The Yellow House, a feature-length drama that tells the moving human story of the most influential and explosive housemates in art history. For just nine weeks, in late 1888, Van Gogh and Gauguin share a home, The Yellow House, in Arles, southern France.

Nightwatching (2007)

An extravagant, exotic and moving look at Rembrandt's romantic and professional life, and the controversy he created by the identification of a murderer in the painting The Night Watch.

Factory Girl (2006)

The year is 1965, and Edie Sedgwick is living every young girl’s dream. Rich, ambitious and breathtakingly beautiful, Edie’s life changes forever when she meets Andy Warhol, New York’s most famous artist, and the man who will transform this trust fund baby into the Big Apple’s most dazzling Superstar. At the center of this exciting and decadent new world is The Factory, Warhol’s downtown loft, a place where musicians, artists, actors and all types of misfits gather to create art and movies during the day, and to throw fabulous parties at night. It is here that Edie takes her place at Andy’s side as the Factory’s most alluring and irresistible Superstar.

Modigliani (2004)

In early 20th-century Paris, Pablo Picasso (Omid Djalili) has already established himself in the art world, while his friend and artistic rival Amedeo Modigliani (Andy Garcia) is trying desperately to catch up. Modigliani's problems only increase when he fathers a child out of wedlock with the noblewoman Jeanne Hébuterne (Elsa Zylberstein). Now the starving artist needs to find the money to provide for his family, but relief may come in the form of the Salon des Artistes competition.

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Delft, Holland, 1665. After her father is blinded in an explosion, 17-year-old Griet (Scarlett Johansson) must work to support her family. She becomes a maid in the home of Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth) and gradually attracts the master painter’s attention. Though worlds apart in upbringing, education and social standing, Vermeer recognizes Griet’s intuitive understanding of color and light and slowly draws her into the mysterious world of his paintings. Vermeer is a perfectionist, often taking months to finish a painting. His shrewish mother-in-law struggles to maintain the family’s lavish lifestyle on the income from his meagre output. Seeing that Griet inspires Vermeer, she takes the dangerous decision to allow their clandestine relationship to develop.

Frida (2002)

This is the true story of Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek) and her husband Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), the larger-than-life painters who became the most acclaimed artists in Mexican history, and whose tempestuous love affair, landmark journeys to America, and outrageous personalities made them legendary.

My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989)

In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be retarded for the first ten years of his life.

Caravaggio (1986)

This fictional portrait of Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Nigel Terry) follows the painter as he wanders the streets, often using prostitutes and homeless people as models for his work, which was lauded in his own time. Involved with two very different lovers, Ranuccio (Sean Bean) and Lena (Tilda Swinton), Caravaggio leads a troubled life in spite of his relative success, with his reckless behavior steering him towards an early grave.

Im Winter ein Jahr (2008)

A renowned artist must uncover a young dancer's secrets in order to truly capture her likeness for a commissioned work.

El Greco (2007)

The story of the uncompromising artist and fighter for freedom, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, known to the world as "El Greco".

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