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Top 10 Movies on Art and Artists

Sometimes the story behind the art is what makes the art so interesting. Here's a list of 10 movies on artists and their lives - a treat for art-enthusiasts and movie-buffs alike!
Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003)
A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works.
Frida (2002)
A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.
Big Eyes (2014)
A drama about the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
Mr. Turner (2014)
An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.
Van Gogh: Painted with Words (2010)
This is the story of Vincent Van Gogh, with dialogue sourced from his own words. Every word spoken by the actors in this film is sourced from the letters that Van Gogh sent to his younger brother Theo, and of those around him. What emerges is a complex portrait of a sophisticated, civilised and yet tormented man.
Factory Girl (2006)
Based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick, concentrating on her relationships with Andy Warhol and a folk singer.
Pollock (2000)
A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock.
Basquiat (1996)
Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist, living in Thompkins Square Park in a cardboard box, Jean-Michel is "discovered" by Andy Warhol's art world and becomes a star. But success has a high price, and Basquiat pays with friendship, love, and eventually, his life.
Crumb (1994)
An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist, Robert Crumb, and his traumatized family.
My Left Foot (1989)
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.
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