5 Art Movies to Binge-Watch This Holiday Season

Art White Canvas
4 min readMar 24, 2021


Take the weight off your feet, fill a glass of wine or two, drown the cold tips of your hands and feet in warmth and witness the changes in the course of art brought about by some of the most influential artists to ever exist. Let the beautiful cinematography and emotions portray the history of art brimming with stories that speaks volume, take you to an alternate reality where everything is as fascinating as it gets. Also, don’t forget the popcorns. Engulf this holiday season in the art and elegance of these top 5 must-watch movies -

1. Woman in Gold (2015)

The movie is based on the true story of Austrian Jewish Maria Altmann; when the Nazis invaded Austria — her motherland. The background of the story is reclaiming the artworks of her aunt Adele; which was later sold to Ronald Lauder for $135 million. The paintings were made by Gustave Klimt; an Austrian symbolist criticized for the subject of his paintings — eroticism. Maria Altmann migrated but her heart & soul was always in Austria with her family and especially Aunt Adele whom she loved so much.

“Restitution-the return of something to its original state. At the very least, we should be reunited with what is rightfully ours.”

2. Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015)

Did you ever think that who collected and stored the artworks of famous painters: Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, and many other influential artists of the 19th century? Well, the art collector was a woman named Peggy Guggenheim who carved out her niche and a sensation starting from her family background to her personal life. Peggy Guggenheim took the paintings directly from artists and saved them from the Nazis; the paintings she did not know; were going to be priceless in the coming 20th century.

“I dedicated myself to my collection. I made it my life’s work. I am not an art collector. I am a museum.”

3. Frida (2002)

Nominated for 6 academy awards; this movie showcases the true story of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo who endured a lot in her life. She painted her friends & family; still life and spiritual motifs drawn by her singular vision. She practiced painting techniques when she was bedridden for months due to her pelvic & spine injuries. Frida Kahlo’s life was filled with monumental events which can be seen in her paintings. She’s a muse for everyone; who turned her melancholy into something beautiful that the world still remembers.

“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”

4. Surviving Picasso (1996)

Starring Anthony Hopkins as Pablo Picasso; the famous Spanish cubist painter suffered from dyslexia which later influenced his art. It’s easy to think about an artist who brought a major change in the history of art but the artist was not successful in his time and faced a lot of challenges that diverted him to art. He brought the heartbreaking experiences of his life to the canvas. If you want to know more about the remarkable detailing of Pablo Picasso’s life then this movie is for you.

“We have a definite but unknown quantity of experience at our disposal. As soon as the hourglass is turned, the sand will begin to run out and once it starts, it cannot stop until it’s all gone.”

5. The Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

A french historical romantic drama; first film to won at Queer Palm, Cannes which was directed by a woman Celine Sciamma showing topics based on gender fluidity and sexual identity. Gather around your seat with the glass filled with wine alongside the most influential artists that changed the course of art in history & coming times. The powerful emotions portray the history of art brimming with stories that speak volumes about how the concept of art is different in every movie yet connecting.

“When you’re observing me, who do you think I’m observing?”

The shivers running down your spine after each watch will inevitably leave you with different views on art altogether. While these stories are enough to move anyone, the portrayal and the direction on each of these masterpieces are praiseworthy. If you are still unsure about whether on not to watch them, this is the sign, go for it. We promise you an extraordinary experience and of course goose-pimples.

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