Arts Everyday Living: Artists in the Movies, Part III—From Vermeer to Picasso

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I’ve discovered that I could cover this topic in at least another week of blogs, so I’m providing a special summary of some more films and movies about artists.

 

VERMEER IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Tim’s Vermeer, now showing, described as a Texas inventor’s mission to discover the secrets of Vermeer’s technique.

Girl with a Pearl Earring, 2003 film based on the bestseller book by Tracy Chevalier. A dramatization of how Vermeer’s masterpiece was created with Colin Firth as the the master painter from Delft and Scarlett Johansson playing his inspiration. Nominated for 3 Oscars and recipient of numerous international awards.

Brush with Fate, another 2003 production, is a made for TV version of popular book Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland.  Follow the trail of a priceless Vermeer with Glenn Close and Ellen Burstyn as your guides.

Vermeer: Master of Light. National Gallery of Art’s video documentary of 2001, released as DVD in 2009.  Meryl Streep is the narrator of this visual journey through Vermeer’s perfect universe.

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PICASSO AS PICASSO

The Mystery of Picasso.  Would you like to see Picasso draw—and paint too? He performs just  for us, demonstrating his genius on a semi-transparent canvas. This 1956 French documentary directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot (with the assistance of Renoir’s grandson) has been declared a French national treasure.  Awarded Special Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival.

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FRIDA KAHLO GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

Frida.  Like Kirk Douglas (Van Gogh) and Jose Ferrer (Toulouse-Lautrec), Salma Hayek was denied an Oscar for the leading role. The Academy, though, did reward this 2002 tribute to Mexican self-portraitist Frida Kahlo, with Oscars for best original music score and make-up.

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MUNCH: BEFORE AND AFTER THE SCREAM

Edvard Munch.  This 1974 TV miniseries (aired in Norway, Sweden and the U.S.) was praised by Swedish legendary director Ingmar Bergman for its brilliance.

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I’m not finished yet, so look for future blogs on O’Keeffe-Stieglitz, Rodin-Claudel, and Jackson Pollock in the movies!

 

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Woman with a Pearl Necklace, c. 1664, oil on canvas, Gemaldegalerie, Berlin.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)  drawing, excerpt from The Mystery of Picasso.

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), Roots, 1943, oil on canvas, Private Collection.

Edvard Munch (1863-1944), Self Portrait, 1882, oil on canvas, The Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway.

 

The above images are used solely for educational purposes.

 

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