Biographical feature films shape the knowledge of historical figures and create a reality of their own that can?t be comprehended as being true or false regarding history. Even if cinematic tales of artists don?t always accord with biographical facts, or stilistic choices in movies about fictional artists don?t necessarily go hand in hand with the picture painted by art history, feature films about artists shape the mass audiences belief of how a whole profession has to behave, and what it has to produce. This genre of movies deals with a conglomerate of biographical reality and myth, of fact and fiction. So how do directors handle the vita of real artists, how exact are facts and historical circumstances being depicted, how are fictional elements and archetypical myths about artists woven into the filmic narrative? And how do movies about fictional artists, that necessarily revolve around the "legend of the artist", appear opposed to artist-biopics? The study at hand caters to three examples from these two categories each, first in the form of a summary of content, and second as an analysis of the content, breaking down the approach of filmmakers regarding the depiction of reality, the communication of the picture of the artist, and the communication of the process of creation, and the art itself. In addition each chapter is prefixed by a section allowing an outlined insight into the historical development of the artist-biopic subgenre. Through all this it will be clear, that from the beginnings of cinema, over the classical Hollywood, to modern feature films, there were barely any shifts regarding the artist as suffering and/or misinterpreted individual, that these myths about artists in the movie medium are being exercised universally on various categories of art like painting, sculpture or architecture, and that until this day the topic of the artist-biopic ? and even more so the topic of the fictional artist ? is a topic dominated by male protagonists.