Introduction

This website is about the intermedial use of paintings as an integral narrative part of feature films (some TV films are included, and there will be an inevitable drift into the realm of music videos). While exceptions will inevitably be made for completion’s sake, the website does not primarily devote itself to films with fictional painters, films about the plastic arts such as sculpture, the visual arts such as photography or architecture. Neither does it examine documentaries though a future section is planned on some important multipart TV programmes about paintings, and an exception is made for what is called the Painter at Work genre (referred to as such in the text).

The website was inspired by Susan Seidelman’s 1994 short film The Dutch Master (1994) where the dental hygienist Teresa becomes fascinated by a Dutch painting in MoMa. The painting’s characters suddenly take on a life of their own and Teresa enters an erotic fantasy world of luxurious colours and sensual costumes. As a result of repeated viewings of this film the question gradually emerged as to how many other films made similar uses of paintings—and not just biographical films about painters, for example the project then expanded to include painters who have made films.

 
Paintings in Film | Individual Videos

Music Videos

At least in surrealist paintings a link can be seen to some music videos in the use both make of the free association of ideas and images. This section will look at the role paintings … Read more

 
Paintings in Film | Inspirations and Speculations | Art | Michelangelo

Inspirations and Speculations

The inspiration for this website was Susan Seidelman’s 1994 short film The Dutch Master (1994) where the dental hygienist Teresa becomes fascinated by a Dutch painting in MoMa. The painting’s characters suddenly take on a … Read more

 
Paintings in Film | Films by Painters | Graffiti | Salvador Dalí

More Films by Painters

The painters dealt with in the second section of this subject are Alexander Petrov, Hwang Ildong, and Banksy. Also worthy of consideration are Robert Smithson, James Scott, William Kentridge and Takeshi Kitano not to mention … Read more

 
Paintings in Film | Films 'inspired' by Paintings | Woman looking at painting

Films ‘inspired’ by Paintings

Popular paintings that may—or may not?—have been the inspiration behind films… Without denying the sheer enjoyability of such speculations it is sometimes a bit of a leap of faith to claim that not just one … Read more

 
Paintings in Film | Films by Painters | Graffiti | Salvador Dalí

Films by Painters

The painters dealt with range from Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol to less well-known ones like Joseph Cornell, Bruce Connor, Bruce Lacey and Derek Boshie.   Walker (161—62) provides a list … Read more

 
Paintings in Film | TV | Picture of Florida/Miami

TV / Television

Miami Vice “The Lost Madonna”, season 5 episode 14 first broadcast 17 March 1989 Two paintings which were part of the 15th century triptych The Madonna of the Spirits are found in a pick-up truck … Read more

 
Paintings in Film | Individual Films | Aux Folies-Bergère | Manet

Individual Films

A selection of films plus one TV episode in which paintings play an important narrative role. What is decisive here is that the paintings featured in the films are crucial in driving the narrative forward … Read more

 
Paintings in Film | Individual Directors | Selbstporträt "Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer" | Caspar David Friedrich

Individual Directors

Six film directors will be considered whose films have been variously concerned with the art of painting. All five of the below developed an interest in painting at an early age two of who went … Read more

 
Paintings in Film | Other Painter Biopics | Painting of Vincent van Gogh

Other Painter Biopics

Vincent Van Gogh has had the most films made about him followed by Rembrandt van Rijin and Pablo Picasso. The other painters come from Ireland, Argentina, Hungary, Estonia and Russia among many other countries.   … Read more

 
Paintings in Film | East Asian Painting and Cinema: Japan, South Korea and China | "Last Moments of Admiral Yamaguchi" | Wikipedia

East Asian Painting and Cinema

Biopics about Japanese, South Korean and Chinese painters.   The groundbreaking, seminal study edited by Ehrlich and Desser on Sino-Japanese paintings and film must be mentioned here (see bibliography).   Five Women around Utamaro (Japan … Read more

 
Paintings in Film | Queer Biopics | Andy Warhol

Queer Biopics

Films about Andy Warhol and David Hockney in particular, but also about Caravaggio, Salvador Dalí, Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Wojnarowicz. Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio can also be found in the Individual Directors sections and … Read more

 
Paintings in Film | Biopics of Eight Women Painters | Frida Kahlo

Biopics of Eleven Women Painters

There are uncanny parallels between the difficulties budding women painters and film directors have encountered breaking into their respective fields. And while progress has been made, it has been an unacceptably long haul.   Eleven women … Read more

 
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