1 January is a special time of year for lots of reasons, not least the fact that lots of art enters the public domain (in Europe and several other jurisdictions – for an overview of the copyright terms worldwide – see here
). It is also time for the annual Art & Artifice
overview of some of the artists whose work has now become available.
Sickert is considered by many to be the greatest British painter between Turner and Bacon. He developed a distinctive form of impressionism and was known for his urban scenes. Whilst he was known for his focus on ordinary people he was not above the occasional celebrity painting, including Winston Churchill.
Some, notably Patricia Cornwell
have alleged that he was Jack the Ripper (or at least knew his identity) but this claim remains unsubstantiated.
|Kahn - The Fisher Building, Detroit|
Kahn was the architect associated with the development of Detroit. He moved to America from Germany in 1880 and forged a successful career as an architect.
Notable buildings include the Ford Motor Company's Highland Park plant, the Fisher Building
, the General Motors building in Detroit and much of the original campus at the University of Michigan.
Wood is an artist best known for his paintings of the American Midwest, particularly the iconic American Gothic.
|Bilibin - Morozco|
Bilibin was a Russian illustrator and stage designer. He was inspired by Slavic folklore and contributed to the Ballet Russes. Bilibin’s fame was established with a series of illustrated Russian fairytales. He lived in Paris for much of his life but returned to Soviet Russia in 1936. He died in the siege of Leningrad.
Johannes E Akkeringa
Akkeringa was part of the Hague School of painters. He painted a variety of quaint subjects using oils and watercolours.
|Nesterov - Taking the Veil|
Nesterov was a major representative of religious symbolism in Russian art.
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