Art Films and Features

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There are many wonderful and highly watchable films about artists, bio pics or just good films about art.. These come in handy for end of term time or substitute lessons or as a break from every day class. You might even learn some art history!

On this page find a list of recommended art films streaming on various platforms. Note: most of these require a subscription, rental fee or VPN. Check with your school for access.

Amazon Prime video rentals

Although I'm loathe to support amazon, there so many good bio pics here. The first 10 are on my watch next/watch again list!

Alice Neel (2007) prime video

Finding Vivian Maier  Prime video ( also on youtube)

Philip Guston  prime video

Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint prime video

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace prime

Camille Claudel 1915 (Bruno Dumont, 2013) prime Video

Edvard Munch (Peter Watkins, 1974) prime video or other streaming service

Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966) prime video

Black Art: In the Absence of Light 2021 prime video

Driven to Abstraction 2020 prime

James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty prime video

The Mystery of Picasso (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1956)

F for Fake (Orson Welles, 1973) prime video

Lust for Life (Vincente Minnelli, 1956) prime video

Van Gogh (Maurice Pialat, 1991) prime video

Loving Vincent

Marcel Duchamp: the art of the possible prime


Death and the Maiden ( about Egon Schiele)


Girl with a Pearl Earring ( about Vermeer)

Mr. Turner

Gerhard Richter Painting

Andy Warhol: a Documentary

Factory Girl ( Andy Warhol)

Woman in Gold ( about Klimt)

Artemesia Gentileschi

Louise Bourgeois -- The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine.

Mona Lisa Smile


Free on youtube, vimeo or other

Exit Through the Gift Shop ( Banksy) on youtube

Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film is a 2010 British documentary film, directed by street artist Banksy. It tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art.

The Shock of the New, Robert Hughes, on Amazon/BBC/ NGA / youtube

The Shock of the New is a UK BBC documentary series with 8 installments, written and narrated by Hughes. Each hour long episode traces a period in art history from Cubism to Surrealism to Expressionism.  A crash course in Modern art history!

L.S. Lowry free on BFIplayer

Dorothea Lange, free on PBS ( VPN required out of USA)

Meret Oppenheim on Vimeo ( 15 minutes)


also has several good bio pics of artists





Night Watching ( Rembrandt)

and films about art crimes:

Made You Look
This is a Robbery

Criterion Cinema

Top streaming films about artists on Criterion ( there is a paywall)

Utamaro and His Five Women (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1946)

Uncle Yanco (Agnès Varda, 1967)

Educational art film archives

check out this list on site page Film and Video as Teaching Aides


The Art of Education has a pretty amazing list of 24 films for high school art students, documentaries, feature films, educational...  browse the list here and choose one for a rainy day.

Art and Video Collection at the National Gallery of Art,  

Selected BBC Art History Videos

Ted Talks on art

BBC films

A Brief History of John Baldessari 

Ways of Seeing with John Berger

The Roland Collection of films on art

Guardian's 50 greatest art videos (fyi this includes all the arts, not just visual)

Watch the delightful short video on Korean Onggi Master and follow up with the thought provoking ToK questions

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