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Vol. 25 - Num. 98

Special Articles

Film painters, when the color palette adorns the seventh art

Javier González de Diosa, Iván Carabaño Aguadob

aServicio de Pediatría. Hospital General Universitario de Alicante. Departamento de Pediatría. Universidad Miguel Hernández. ISABIAL-Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria y Biomédica. Alicante. España.
bSección de Gastroenterología, Hepatología y Nutrición Pediátrica. Servicio de Pediatría. Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre. Madrid. España.

Correspondence: J González. E-mail:

Reference of this article: González de Dios J, Carabaño Aguado I. Film painters, when the color palette adorns the seventh art . Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2023;25:e61-e77.

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The fusion of painting and cinema has resulted in a plethora of films that combine the two arts to create a vivid and emotional experience. This article presents a compilation of 100 films that showcase the world of painting and its creators. The films are divided into two formats: fictional biopics that focus on the life of a painter or a significant part of it, and documentaries made with the artist's perspective, their relatives or fragments of their own history.

The films highlighted in this article are a testament to the power of the visual arts to evoke strong emotions and reflections. They include Rembrandt (Alexander Korda, 1936), Moulin Rouge (John Huston, 1952), Lust for Life (Vicente Minnelli, 1956), Les amants de Montparnasse (Jacques Becker and Max Ophüls, 1958), The Agony and the Ectasy (Carol Reed, 1963), Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966), Caravaggio (Derek Jarman, 1986), My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan, 1989), Carrington (Christopher Hampton, 1995), Surviving Picasso (James Ivory, 1996), Girl with a Pearl Earring (Peter Webber, 2003), Klimt (Raoul Ruiz, 2006), Séraphine (Martin Provost, 2008), Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh, 2014), Paula (Christian Schwochow, 2016), or The Electrifying Life of Louis Wain (Will Sharpe, 2021), among others.

These films come from different countries, feature various painters from different periods with different artistic styles, and all bring the screen to life with color. They offer a therapeutic experience that enriches our humanistic training in the healthcare profession.


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