• Modigliani

    Director: Mick Davis, 2004

    In this unforgettable 2004 production, we watch Andy Garcia as Italian painter Modigliani. The film focuses on Modigliani’s rivalry with Picasso, and shines with its colors, performances and montage. Jewish Modigliani falls in love with a young and beautiful Catholic girl Jeanne. The couple has a baby without marriage, who is sent away by Jeanne’s family, to be raised by nuns. Desperate to get his son back, Modigliani needs money. It was the time of annual art competition, offering money and career to the winner. Modigliani and Picasso, friends and rivals, enter into the competititon and change their lives.

  • Seraphine

    Director: Martin Provost, 2008

    ‘Séraphine’ is a biographical film directed by Martin Provost. It tells the story of tragic life of the painter Séraphie Luise with a realistic eye. At the age of 41, Séraphine gets an inspiration and listens to her protective angel, and starts painting. This womabn who works as a cleaning lady, she spends all of her money on her vibrant, naive landscape paintings. Painting at nights, she reflects her life energy in her canvas. This 2008 movie which portrays gains and losses leading to fame, and discovery of hidden talent is a must-see.

  • Klimt

    Director: Raúl Ruiz, 2006

    In this 2006 production, we are watching John Malkovich in role of Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. Directed by Raul Ruiz, the movie sets in Vienna and focuses on last years of the painter’s life. In his deathbed, Klimt starts to recall his past and tell his life story to a friend, who was also a former student. Moving around his dreams and memories, the painter goes on a journey through Vienna, center of art and culture of the age, his scandolous relationships, and ‘’Vienna Secession Artist Union’’ formed by himself.

  • The Girl with the Pearl Earring

    Director: Peter Webber, 2004

    Based on Tracy Chevalier’s novel with same name, the film is about 17th century painter, Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’. Although we don’t have any records on the identity, many people think that the subject of the painting was a maid working at Vermeer’s House. Departing from this point, the movie focuses on her identity and making of the portrait. Upon the request of his patron Van Ruijen, Vermeer starts making Griet’s painting. Through time, the painter and Griet get closer leading to problems in the household.

  • Camille Claudel

    Director: Bruno Nuytten, 1988

    Based on real life story of Camille Claudel, the movie narrates the torrid relationship between Claudel and Auguste Rodin. After Auguste Rodin left Claudel and ended their relationship which started in winter of 1885, Claudel was sent to an asylum in Southern France by her family. Living in the shadow of Rodin during her relationship, she holds on to life with her sculptures. She stays in asylum for 30 years and waits for her brother Paul’s visit. With Isabelle Adjani and Gerard Depardieu’s unforgettable performances, this movie makes the viewers perceive art and gender roles in a different way.

  • Pollock

    Director: Ed Harris, 2000

    In ‘Pollock’ we watch Ed Harris as leading actor and director of the film. The movie focuses on American painter Jackson Pollock, a man who brought a new understanding to expressionism, and tells his dramatic life story. Suffering from alcoholism and manic depressive behavior, Pollock calms down and finds himself while painting. The film places Pollock and his then-girlfriend Lee Krasner at the heart of 1940s New York art scene. On one hand, it portrays the making of Pollock’s artworks that brought him worldwide fame, and shows how he loses his loved ones on the other.

  • Surviving Picasso

    Director: James Ivory, 1996

    Based on Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington’s novel entitled Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, the film focuses on great Spanish artist’s relationships with women. We watch Picasso in his mid-life, from the eye of Francoise Gilot. His ex-wife and mother of his two children had a relationship with the painter between 1944-1954. Directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant, the film portraits a charismatic and charming Picasso with Anthony Hopkin’s great performance.

  • Frida

    Director: Julie Taymor, 2002

    An Oscar winning film (the Best Actress), Frida tells the life story of Frida Kahlo, one of the most extraordinary women in art history. Since her early childhood onwards, Kahlo suffers from health issues. When she grows up she falls in love with famous painter Diego, who is also known as a casanova. The couple involves in a troubled romantic relationship full of ups and downs. Although they despise the concept of loyalty, their love and passion for each other leading to jealousy weakens their marriage. In the meantime, Frida keeps reflecting her pain in her canvas, loving Diego and painting for 30 years.

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