Had she not been talented, she would have probably lived an ordinary life, but Frida Kahlo was anything but ordinary. She was extravagant, temperamental, radical, scandalous, a great artist . . . and also a tragic person. After being injured in the accident that shaped the rest of her life, she became one of the most recognised Mexican painters while dealing with health issues which limited her severely. Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in a movie that received multiple awards.
Historical drama about the inventor of chiaroscuro – a dramatic painting technique contrasting shade and light. The early baroque painter Caravaggio was a man full of contrasts himself. While the topics of his paintings were often religious for his patrons, his personal life was filled with inner conflicts and his struggle to find his place in society.
Lust For Life
Another dramatic life, full of twists and turns, was Vincent van Gogh´s. The movie – starring Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn – traces Gogh ´s tumultuous friendship with Paul Gaugin and the whole atmosphere of bohemian Paris in the era of Impressionism.
The Agony And The Ecstasy
No less tense was the life story of Michelangelo Buonarotti. The movie The Agony and the Ecstasy captures the battle between him and the Pope over decorating the Sistine Chapel.
Camille Claudel, sister of Paul Claudel – multiple nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature – was talented, but the limits set by the society of her day and, above all, by her mother and brother, made her a pariah. She had an affair with Auguste Rodin, who discovered her potential as a sculptress. The affair ended dramatically, and after that Camille was supported by her father. When he died, the rest of the family claimed she was insane and sent her to an asylum. There she lived out the rest of her life; and despite several doctors‘ attempts to secure her release, she spent thirty years institutionalized before she died, in her late seventies.
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