The documentary “Tim’s Vermeer,” out Friday, follows an inventor as he develops a technique that enables him to paint exactly like Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Tim joins an august company of cinematic artists.
In 2003’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” Colin Firth plays Vermeer and Scarlett Johansson is the subject of one of his most famous paintings. And she looks so much like the actual painting it’s pretty clear she’s some sort of immortal being or possibly a time traveler.
Penelope Cruz plays the Mexican artist famous for her self-portraits in 2002’s “Frida.” Of course, most of the film’s coverage focused on how Cruz had to make herself not-pretty, because that’s what’s most important.
The father of cubism was played by Anthony Hopkins in 1996’s “Surviving Picasso,” which showed that the Spanish artist was super-talented and super-jerky.
Ed Harris took on the role of one of America’s greatest modern artists in 2000’s “Pollock.” Spoiler: There’s a lot of flinging of paint. And flinging with women.
In the 1996 biopic “Basquiat,” Jeffrey Wright plays the New York artist who was discovered by Andy Warhol. A wig on top of David Bowie’s head plays Warhol.