Art inspiration in movies

There are many films that have featured art as part of its main storyline, some have been serious drama and some more of a fun-filled comedy. Either way, art and the art world remains as an excellent source of inspiration for anyone wanting to write a book or a screenplay.

Some of the more well known art based films include: –

  • The Thomas Crown Affair – A story about a billionaire businessman who manages to keep himself entertained by stealing a precious work of art. He is pursued by an insurance investigator working on behalf of the museum.
  • The Monuments Men – Set during the second World War, and based on a true story, The Monuments Men follows a group of art lovers who, together, create a unit to find pieces of art that have been stolen by the Nazis in raids on private homes and museums. The unit find themselves in a race against time to find the priceless art, after hearing an order has been sent down to destroy all of the art should the Third Reich fall.
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring – Inspired by the painting of the same name by Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring is a romantic drama about the life of the artist and the relationship he has with his wife and the maid who became his muse.
  • Mr Bean – Worthy of an honorable mention is Mr Bean, and anyone who knows the Rowan Atkinson series knows that the film can only be ridiculously funny. The subject of the film and the reason it makes this list is the prominent feature of Subject in Grey and Black number 1, which is more commonly known as Whistlers Mother, a painting of course by Whistler of (yes, you guessed it), his mother.

There are many other films that use art as inspiration and it isn’t hard to see why.