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Bio-picsA Life in Pictures$
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Ellen Cheshire

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172059

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.001.0001

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Through the Eyes of a Painter

Through the Eyes of a Painter

The Art of the On-screen Artist

(p.63) 4 Through the Eyes of a Painter

Ellen Cheshire

Columbia University Press

The lives of artists depicted on film imply that if you are creatively blessed then you will also be emotionally scarred. Many times, filmmakers fail to balance thenotion of the art with the idea of the life. This chapter discusses two films that come closer than many at exploring and making cinematic the actual act of painting itself. The films explore the lives of two painters: Frida Kahlo in Frida (2002) starring Salma Hayek, and Jackson Pollock in Pollock (2000) starring Ed Harris. These films were deeply personal projects for their stars, who also produced and worked closely on the screenplay; Harris also directed. Both place the exploration and depiction of their craft in parallel with the emotional turmoil of their lives.

Keywords:   bio-pics, films, artists, painters, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Salma Hayek, Ed Harris

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