Artists and Their Lives – 10 Movies Depicting Artists’ Lives

An artist is someone who is bound to have an interesting life, even if one should happen to stay in their own town for the entirety of it (looking at you, Kant). Yet, reading biographies can be somewhat tedious if you’re not really interested in every detail, as biographies tend to present data, rather than a story.

Movies have stories, movies are a form of art. What’s a better way to present an artist’s life than a movie? Here are ten of them that you should definitely watch.

Andrei Rublev

This movie has a very iconic director, Andrei Tarkovsky, behind it. Seeing how Tarkovsky is a master of the visual arts, you are in for a good time as you follow the turbulent life of Andrei Rublev, a 15th century painter from Russia.

Big Eyes

Big Eyes depicts the story of Margaret Keane and Walter Keane, but is focused on Margaret, as she was the artist behind the figures with big eyes. Amy Adams, the actress playing the main role, won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.

Edvard Munch

This painter is well-known for his famous painting, The Scream. This movie tells his story, it’s a biopic, combining elements of his extraordinary life and great cinematography. If you’re a fan of the artist, then this movie is a must see.

The Mystery of Picasso

This movie is special because it shows Picasso painting, drawing, making collages, most of which ended up being destroyed. The reason for that is that he wanted them to exist on film, exclusively. This is a great movie if you’ve wanted to meet Picasso, get to know him better, as a person and artist.

Camille Claudel

This movie depicts the life of an exceptional artist, Camille Claudel. She is often associated and overshadowed by Auguste Rodin, with whom she had a relationship. The biopic depicts her life, from the moment she met Rodin and towards a more dark future.


Frida Kahlo had a very tumultuous life, filled with extraordinary moments and likewise, some dark ones. This movie follows her professional life, but also her personal one, which was marked by her relationship and marriage to another artist, Diego Rivera.


A struggling artist moves on to find success, internationally. This movie portrays the life of one Jason Pollock, an expressionist. He was famous for his drip paintings, which ended up topping the charts of expensive art.

The Agony and the Ecstasy

Ever wondered how Michelangelo felt while painting the Sistine Chapel? It wasn’t all fun and games and this movie portrays it in great detail. It was nominated for five Academy Awards.

I Shot Andy Warhol

While not directly a movie about the artist, it is most definitely connected to him, very physically. Valerie Solanas wrote a screenplay for a movie she wanted Andy Warhol to produce. He kept ignoring her and she shot him.

Lust for Life

This is a very good movie about Van Gogh’s life. It is a great movie that found more recognition much later after its release.


Author: Jason