Five movies about legendary artists of the 20th century

Summer has come, and the weather does not always reflect our hopes - well, at least not in Dubai, where summer means catching up on reading, tv series and films. In case you were looking for great ones for your next movie night, here are five that will also give you a glimpse into the lives of legendary artists of the 20th century. 

 

At Eternity’s Gate 

A dramatic and slightly sad movie portraying the late years of Vincent Van Gogh. It shows his emotional and artistic struggles that were often reflected in his beautiful landscapes, portraits and still life paintings.

Frida

Wonderful film telling a story of professional and private life of Frida Kahlo, an extremely talented Mexican artist, played so brilliantly by Salma Hayek. It follows her from a tragic accident at 18, and ends with Frida attending her first solo exhibition. If you want to learn more about this legendary pioneering female artist and her life and relationship with Diego Rivera, this movie is definitely worth watching. 

Modigliani

Quite dark biographical film, portraying the life of a talented artist Amedeo Modigliani, rivalry with Pablo Picasso, his struggle with addiction, and showing his attempts to make the ends meet to support his wife and children.  

Pollock 

An award winning drama telling a story of a life of Jackson Pollock. It follows his struggle to sell his works, and his addiction to alcohol that often stood in the way of his career, which changes after Peggy Guggenheim discovered his talent and gave him a contract for an exhibition and commission of several murals in the city.

Factory Girl

Even though the movie mostly focuses on the life of Edie Sedgwick, you are also given a glimpse into the creative practice and personality of Andy Warhol, with whom she was associated with, and, of course, it will show you his famous Factory. In this movie, you will fully sense the spirit and atmosphere of wild 60es in America.

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