The life of an artist is full of interesting stories. For every art enthusiast, it is very fascinating to look beyond the artwork and see the process of its creation or what inspired the artist to make it. Luckily, there are some amazing art documentaries, both about art pieces and artists themselves, that will leave you inspired and make you appreciate all forms of art even more. If you are looking for recommendations, here is the list of 4 art documentaries that you are definitely going to enjoy.
Vincent: The Life And Death Of Vincent Van Gogh (1987)
If you ever wondered what inspired Vincent Van Gogh to paint such rich, vibrant landscapes you will find your answer in this documentary created by Paul Cox. You will be able to see the actual scenery from Van Gogh’s life, the beautiful nature that sparked his creativity and made him one of the best artists to date. The documentary features the letters he sent to his brother, which are read by John Hurt. In his letters, amongst many things, he goes into detail about his painting techniques, which all aspiring artists out there ought to know more about.
The Mystery of Picasso (1956)
This is one of the older documentaries; however, it is one of the best and most interesting films about the artist as it features Pablo Picasso himself.
In The Mystery of Picasso, director Henri-Georges Clouzot takes you up close and personal with the artist, his talent and technique, so that you can see everything that happens in order for a work of art to come to life. For this documentary, Picasso painted 20 pieces that he destroyed as soon as the filming ended. Why? Well, just like the artist himself, it is a mystery.
Gerhard Richter Painting (2011)
Gerhard Richer Painting is the follow-up documentary of Gerhard Richter’s Window, and it offers a well-rounded image of the German abstract painter. It not only gives you a detailed examination of his technique and the creative process but it also features conversations with his critics and gallerists. For an artist who usually doesn’t communicate with the media and who is considered reserved, this is one of the rare opportunities to get a glimpse behind his abstract art and into his life.
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)
If you are looking for films on some different forms of art, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present is the one documentary you need to check out. Performance art is sometimes difficult to fully comprehend but it always manages to leave the viewers mesmerized and full of emotions. In order to understand it better, it is very useful to learn more about it, about the artist, and about how a performance piece is produced. For this documentary, one of the most famous performance artists, Marina Abramovic, takes you behind the scenes as she prepared for a retrospective of her art in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. How much should you sacrifice for your art and is it worth putting your health at risk? Watch this documentary to find out.