Short Artist Videos

10 Amazing Facts you did not know about these Great Artists

Do you need a short introduction to an artist’s life, maybe as a starting point for an art workshop? Or perhaps as an introduction to a practical art lesson?
These art tutorials are all less than 10 minutes in length, but cover the principle aspects of the artist’s life in a way children will understand. Why not have a look at one now?

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Vincent Van Gogh

This short art history video covers 10 important incidents in the life of the artist Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh’s started life as a teacher, an art dealer and a preacher before he started painting which wasn’t until he reached the age of 27. The video discusses the infamous ear cutting episode, the reason behind the creation of the sunflower paintings and his mental decline, plus much more.

Claude Monet

This art video explores the long and interesting life of Claude Monet, the French Impressionist painter. The video covers many elements of Monet’s life from his early caricatures created in school in Le Havre in the 1850’s, through the great Impressionist era of the 1870’s to his great water lily paintings produced in Giverny during the last 30 years of his life.

Pablo Picasso

This video explores some of the fascinating aspects of Pablo Picasso’s long life. He was a child prodigy – he could draw and paint brilliantly – completing 5 years at art school by the age of 18. The video discusses his paintings, Guernica in particular, and his female companions such as Olga Khokhlova, before briefly discussing his Blue Period and Cubism and why Picasso is regarded as a genius.

Henri Matisse

This art video about the French artist and painter Henri Matisse, covers 10 important aspects of his life. He got into painting late, after training at Law School, taking three attempts to get into the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. His meeting with Andre Derain and Maurice Vlaminck led to the creation of Fauvism. His paintings are comfortable, colourful and easy on the eye. Later in life he produced cutouts, that we see today as amazing collages.

Wassily Kandinsky

This tutorial covers 10 important elements of the life of Kandinsky from becoming a Law professor to his move into the arts. His meeting with Gabriele Münter, his investigations into colour and his move towards abstraction and abstract art are discussed. The influence of music on his painting is explained and his work with the Blue Rider, together with his teaching at the Bauhaus, are all covered before his death in obscurity in 1944.

Henri Rousseau

This video covers 10 amazing facts about the French naïve painter Henri Rousseau. He was born in Laval in France and worked for a solicitor when he left school. He joined the army in 1863 and moved to Paris in 1868 and marries Clemence Boitard, before getting a job as a tax collector. He claimed he didn’t start painting until he was 42, but evidence shows painting in the Louvre at least 2 years earlier. He is totally self-taught.

Andy Warhol

This video covers 10 amazing facts about the American Pop artist, Andy Warhol. Andy was a controversial artist who used everyday objects such as soup cans, brillo boxes, cartoons, and comic strip characters as the basis of his work. He was obsessed with Hollywood and created lots of celebrity portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger and Richard Nixon amongst others. The video covers his early life in Pittsburgh to his death in New York in 1987.

Georgia O'Keeffe

This video covers 10 amazing facts about the American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. Known for her close-up paintings of flowers, the video explores her life from her humble beginnings in Wisconsin, to the remarkable paintings she produced in Abiquiu, New Mexico in the latter part of her life. This indomitable woman was one of the pioneers of American Modern Art. She died in 1986 aged 98.

Gustav Klimt

This video covers the life of Gustav Klimt from his beginnings in Baumgarten in Austria to his worldwide success. He was prodigiously talented and was the first president of the Viennese Secession, but his life was not without controversy. He is best known for his portraits, painted in a very decorative style combining geometric decoration with realistic depictions of hands and faces. Klimt died in Vienna in 1918 just 55 years old.

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