Because of original Netflix series such as Hemlock Grove and House of Cards, Netflix continues to be a leader in binge-watching around the world.
From action movies and comedies, dramas and documentaries, the Netflix US library can be a great place to find movies about art.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of the 4 best art movies and documentaries on Netflix.
#4 – Floyd Norman: An Animated Life
Released back in 2016, this documentary follows the life a Floyd Norman as he became the first African-American animator to be hired by Disney.
Since his days as the first back in 1956, Norman has played a huge role in creating some Disney’s classic films, such as Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians. He was even handpicked by Walt Disney himself to work on The Jungle Book.
Floyd is quite the interesting character. At age 81, although officially retired, he finds himself working unpaid from his cubicle at Disney on a freelance basis. He calls his tiny cubicle his “home” and refuses to leave.
This film is a deep look into Floyd’s eccentric and exciting career as Disney animator, proving that for at least some, a job doesn’t have to be work but can also be a passion.
#3 – Exit Through the Gift Shop
Focused on everybody’s favourite mystery street artist, this 2010 British documentary has a certain level of intrigue to it. Even, if you are not particularly fond of graffiti and street art, this movie is sure to keep you interested.
Although Banksy claims to have directed the film, some are still entirely unsure of whether it is meant to be a real documentary or a mockumentary. The movie follows Thierry Guetta through the mysterious world of underground art in Los Angeles. He eventually ends up meeting the enigmatic Banksy who appears in total anonymity and talks about his own art.
Nominated for the Academy Award, this film brings you on an adventure into the cryptic world of street and is sure to be a hit for all those interested in art.
#2 – Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery
After being sentenced to six years in prison back in 2011, German artist Wolfgang Beltracchi has since admitted to reproducing hundreds of famous paintings. As well as, being able to reproduce the works of at least 50 artists. Was he a criminal or simply a misunderstood artist?
This 2014 film takes an in-depth look at one of the art’s biggest taboos; forgery.
#1 – The Barefoot Artist
The Barefoot Artist is a film that follows the life of Lily Yeh from her humble childhood in China all the across the ocean to her current home in Philadelphia. Along the way, Yeh has used art as a medium to help build communities and bring people together. She believes that art is a human right and that it can help heal a broken spirit.
This documentary is an authentic and inspirational story of a woman who has dedicated her life to making the world a better place by using art.