Netflix Presented a Documentary About Bob Ross, a Painter Famous for His Drawing Lessons


Bob Ross became popular in the 80s for his television programs in which he taught viewers to paint landscapes with oil paints. In total, he has released over 450 programs with a total circulation of 93.5 million. On the Internet, Bob also gained popularity when users started making memes with him.

Painter Famous for His Drawing Lessons

The Netflix documentary will tell not only about the artist himself but also about the battle for his business empire, which remained after his death. The film arrived on August 25 and showed the dark side of his legacy. As a result, some dirty details were revealed: Ross’s family doesn’t control the business at all. After the artist’s death in 1995, his former business partners took over his estate and battled against Ross’ own family for control of his assets and reputation.

Netflix Documentary About Bob Ross

Bob met the Kowalski family when Annette was attending a painting class. Soon, Annette and her husband Walt became business partners with Ross, originating the television show.

Bob, his wife Jane Ross, and the Kowalskis were shareholders in the company Bob Ross Inc. But after Bob died due to cancer in 1992, the battle over his legacy began. Three years before the death, the artist spent trying to divide equally the shares between all existing members. In his will, Bob left his estate and the rights to his name to his son and his half-brother but the Kowalski doubted this decision and they won a lawsuit. After the couple retired in 2012, Kowalski handed over the controls of Bob Ross Inc. to their daughter. To find out more, watch the documentary film yourself which is already available on the Netflix platform.

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