Whether traditional or radical in style, the artist biopic usually comes with an air of cinematic prestige. This awards season, moviegoers and awards voters have two ambitious but very different examples of the genre to ponder.
"Mr. Turner" is filmmaker Mike Leigh's in-depth exploration of the last 25 years of the life of artist J.M.W. Turner, and "Big Eyes," the new film by
Both movies are to open in the U.S. in December and have already played at festivals. "Mr. Turner," which earned
"Big Eyes" focuses on Keane's relationship with her husband, Walter, who claimed responsibility for her paintings. The movie, starring Amy Adams and
The photo gallery above provides a look back at some notable films that have taken their inspiration from the lives of visual artists.