Art Films for Your Holiday Viewing Pleasure

I got caught up in holiday chores yesterday, but here is a listing of art movies to try out over the holidays–as promised.
Dramas I can recommend with artists as main characters, without being too particular about accuracy, include:

The Moderns (with Keith Carradine and a great soundtrack)
Camille Claudel (Isabelle Adjani as Rodin’s lover and protégé)
Artemisia (Artemisia Gentileschi)
Wolf at the Door (Donald Sutherland as Gauguin)
Another one I like a great deal is Impromptu with Judy Davis as the writer Georges Sand and Hugh Grant as Chopin. There is only a token appearance by someone as the painter Eugène Delacroix, but I love the way it depicts the interaction among all of the arts (nice romance, too).

Do not miss the documentary How to Draw a Bunny about the mysterious art, life, death of Ray Johnson. It may be a favorite of all time.

And before you mention it, I can’t recommend Surviving Picasso. Didn’t care for it at all. Nor was I crazy about Girl with a Pearl Earring, although the paint-mixing and conversations with Vermeer about color were interesting.

Most of these are entertaining more than educational. That’s an entirely different list!

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  • Can I toot my own horn here? Although it is great to see documentaries about artists we all know, I thought it would be also a great service to make a documentary about a not as famous artist, but someone who was a part of a vibrant artist community in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. David Curtis Baker (1915-1999) of Jackson was a successful, eccentric, intriguing, and lovable artist whose name in his community was synonamous with the word creativity. He inspired art collectors and non-artists, skiers, tourists, and local people to “see what’s whispered” in his art, and in THEIR own world with their own eyes. No visitor left his home gallery unchanged. As his friend and fellow artist, 12 years after his death, I made the story in film. Please review the trailer and let me know what you think. I would appreciate your opinions very much!
    Let’s celebrate the not so known but none the less great artists among us. Art is for everyone! Thanks.