book: John A. Walker 1 Jan 1993

Art & Artists on screen

A critical analysis of key English language examples of films depicting the fine arts and artists from the 1930s to the present day. It asks - how are fine arts visualized by film-makers and, to what extent are such films accurate?

The book examines the ways in which cinema -a form of mass culture- has represented fine art - a form of high culture. It provides detailed, critical analyses of selected European and American films dating from the 1930's to the 1990's which feature artists and architects as heroes and heroines. Walker considers questions as:

  • How historically accurate are dramatized biographies of famous artists such as Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, van Gogh and Camille Claudel?
  • What do images of fictional artists and architects in the cinema tell us about popular conceptions of art?
  • How have film-makers visualized the arts?

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