Monday, November 14, 2016

Short Films of Iconic Artists at Work

One of our most popular Pinterest boards is Artists at Work. It does not surprise us that many are fascinated by seeing artists caught in the middle of their next masterpiece. It’s a special and rare moment to observe an artist in his or her element. Luckily, a few of these moments were preserved by film and are available to watch on YouTube. 

Portrait of Henri Matisse in his apartment in Nice, late 1910s. [Source]
Filmed in 1915, a 74-year-old Claude Monet is seen painting near a lily pond in his garden at Giverny.  This footage was part of Sacha Guitry’s film, Ceux de Chez Nous.

The following video features a first hand look at abstract painter Vasily Kandinsky drawing in 1926.

Henri Matisse was 76 years old when this footage was filmed of him sketching a portrait of his grandson at his home in Nice, France.

Also from Ceux de Chez Nous, there is a clip of artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting at home with the assistance of his son.

In 1915 and at the age of 74, French sculptor Auguste Rodin was filmed at his studio in Paris’s Hôtel Biron, currently known as the Musée Rodin.

Hans Namuth’s short film, Jackson Pollock 51, featured footage of Pollock at age 39 discussing his work and creating one of his iconic drip paintings.

Belgian filmmaker Paul Haesaerts captured Pablo Picasso painting on glass in his 1950 film, Visite à Picasso

For more art inspiration, follow our Artists at Work board on Pinterest.

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