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Songs about Visual Art or Artists

Let's list songs about painters, sculptors, sketchers, and other visual artists and their works of art.

 

To start:  In the Gallery, about sculptor Harry Phillips (Dire Straits)

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Architect's Dream (Kate Bush):  

 

"Watching the painter painting
And all the time, the light is changing
And he keeps painting
That bit there, it was an accident
But he's so pleased
It's the best mistake, he could make"

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Art Groupie (Grace Jones)

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Positively Van Gogh  -  Bob Dylan

 

"Music can change the world because it can change people." - Bono
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The Cult - Edie (Ciao Baby)

 

Song about the muse, Edie Sedgwick [ one of several ]

 

 

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Art School (Jam)

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Photographs And Memories - Jim Croce

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Magritte (John Cale)

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A Painter Passing Through  -  Gordon Lightfoot

 

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Believing in Art (Spoon)

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Elton John - Mona Lisa's and Madhatters

 

David Allen Coe - Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile

 

Jewel - Painters

 

10CC - Art For Art's Sake

 

Alannah Myles - Black Velvet

[Hey, that's art]

 

The Rezillos - (My Baby Does) Good Sculptures

[ but rough music even by punk standards ]

 

Simon & Garfunkel - So Long Frank Lloyd Wright

[ per my son the architect ]

 

 

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Captain Beefheart - Dali's Car

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Picture Of You - the Avalons

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Viva la Vida (Coldplay) was inspired by Frida Kahlo's painting of the same name

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Mona Lisa - Brad Paisley

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Modern Art (Black Lips)

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Picasso Baby (Jay Z)

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Take A Picture Of This  -  Don Henley

 

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Art War (Knack)

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Picture Of You - the Avalons

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But Is It Art (Stephen Duffy)

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Viva La Vida  -  Coldplay

 

The song title is taken from a painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo which inspired the song written by Coldplay band members.

 

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No One Was Like Vermeer (Jonathan Richman)

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Photograph  -  Sir Ringo

 

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You Painted Pictures - the Spaniels

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When I Paint My Masterpiece  -  Bob Dylan

 

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Photographs And Memories - Jim Croce

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Salvador (Sara Hickman)

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Art Decade  -  David Bowie

 

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Salvador Dali (Marracash and Gue Pequeno)

 

 

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