Tuesday 1 January 2013

More art enters the Public Domain

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.

Walter Sickert

Sickert - The Camden Town Murder
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.

Albert Kahn

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.

Grant - American Gothic
Grant Wood 

Wood is an artist best known for his paintings of the American Midwest, particularly the iconic American Gothic.

Ivan Bilibin

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.

Mikhail Nesterov  

Nesterov - Taking the Veil
Nesterov was a major representative of religious symbolism in Russian art.

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