If you’re in a region experiencing frigid winter temps (and, really, even if you’re not), here’s a warm weekend plan for you: Bust out your bar cart, get your hygge on, and cozy up with some masters of paint.
Caveat: Though many of our most beloved painters from art history produced glossy masterpieces that we know and love, their backstories are anything but polished. In fact, you might find that they lived extremely messy lives rife with substance abuse, mental illness, and some severely complex interpersonal relationships.
Welcome to the world of the “tortured” artist:
Hello “SAMO!” Jean-Michel Basquiat, hailed as “the James Dean of the New York art world,” rose rapidly from a Brooklyn graffiti artist to a bona fide art celebrity. But his life—like his art—was a visual cacophony of color, darkness, and extreme turbulence.
On the surface, Factory Girl centers on socialite Edie Sedgwick’s 15 minutes of fame. But, really, it’s about Andy Warhol’s wacky “Factory” scene, Sedgwick’s role in the chaos, and her complicated, unorthodox relationship with the iconic artist.
Break out the tequila. This is the story of the outrageous lives of Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera. Be a fly on the wall as they—sometimes violently—carve out their place in Mexican art history.
Pablo Picasso’s passion knew no bounds. And, while he is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, some of his boldest moves were made off the canvas and with the ladies. This is the story of the one woman who prevailed: Francoise Gilot.
- Georgia – 2009
Georgia O’Keeffe was so ahead of her time. While she had a bumpy, long-time love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, this film chronicles her emergence as a fiercely independent female artist. Watch her bloom.
Buckle up. Jackson Pollock, aka “Jack the Dripper,” and his talented painter wife Lee Krasner want to take you for a wild ride (pun intended, maybe?). This intense adaptation of their life together is moving, erratic, and curious—much like their abstract expressionist art.
Shakespeare, who knew a thing or two about drama, once said, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” Add a passionate, oft crazed, artist to the mix and the result is like a Molotov cocktail on a cold day.
It’s no coincidence that these painterly dramatists produced some of the most amazing art on the planet. Sometimes the two are just tragically intertwined.