Five great films about painters

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There have been more than a few ex­cel­lent films about artists. Cinema is a vis­ual medium, af­ter all.

Lust for Life (1956)

Very much an epic in­the old­school, Vin­cente Min­nelli’ s study of Vin­cent Van Gogh made great use of Tech­ni­color, Euro­pean lo­ca­tions and a wrought Kirk Dou­glas( above ).

An­drei Rublev (1966)

A con­tender for An­drei Tarkovsky’s finest film, this sprawl­ing epic con­sid­ers the life of the tit­u­lar 15 th-cen­tury icon painter.


Won­der­ful, slightly over­looked film that now seems like a spir­i­tual sis­ter to Maudie. Yolande More au plays the French naive artist Séraphine Louis.

Mr Turner (2014)

Mike Leigh’s films casts Ti­mothy Spal­lasan ad­mirably ec­cen­tric vari­a­tion on JMWTurner.Grunt!


Glossy but ab­sorb­ing study of Frida Kahlo, star­ring Sal ma H aye kat her best. Suave di­rec­tion from Julie Tay­mor.

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