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Claude Monet, Soleil couchant sur la Seine à Lavacourt, effet d’hiver, 1880, huile sur toile, 101,5 x 150 cm, Petit Palais, musée des Beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris, CC0 Paris Musées / Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais / Claude Monet

The fourteen Musées de la Ville de Paris have just put online, for free use, 100,000 of their works, including some by Monet, Modigliani, Delaunay and Rembrandt.  For anyone teaching or studying or writing about French art, this high-definition digital access is a major step.

Certainly when I was writing my book ‘Art in the South of France’, getting permission to use any images in France was a major, major headache, source of frustration and big waste of time.  I couldn’t understand why often-empty museums couldn’t supply just one token image to help publicise their galleries.  The background to all this is that artists’ families own copyright until 70 years after their death (so includes Picasso, Leger, Matisse etc), then the copyright passes to either photographers or the state agency, both  of whom charge not inconsiderable fees. My salvation came in the form of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY which, with some other American institutions, adopted ‘Open Content’.  In Europe, the Rijksmuseum has followed suit, and now from this month these 14 Parisian galleries.  They are doing it to improve access to art and culture, but also to publicise their collections in France and internationally.  Good for them!

Details and link here: https://www.connaissancedesarts.com/peinture-et-sculpture/monet-modigliani-delaunay-plus-de-100%e2%80%89000-oeuvres-des-musees-de-paris-accessibles-en-ligne-gratuitement-11131285/?xtor=EPR-3228

Thanks to Liz for giving me a heads-up on this!



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There’s a new exhibition opening this week at MuCEM, but tomorrow they are having a Portes Ouvertes – free entry, music, DJ,  presentation by curators at 5pm.  This special event opens: 16:00 – midnight, Tuesday 21st January.
The exhibition is  « Voyage Voyages » which takes us travelling with Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol and Richard Baquié, looking at what inspired these artists.  the theme is illustrated by 100 works, paintings, sculptures, photos, videos.General opening 22nd Jan until 4th May.

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First there was the Carrieres de Lumieres in an old quarry at Les Baux, then came the Atelier de Lumieres in an old factory in Paris, and now, opening soon, (more…)

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Good news that the Musée Granet have a series of tours in English programmed. (more…)

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Free entry to public museums….

Sunday December 1st.

The Musee des Tapisseries is exhibiting the work of local father (painter Marcel Albert) and son (ceramicist Marc Albert) who used  to be, respectively, a hairdresser and dancer before dedicating themselves to art.  Meanwhile, over at the Pavillon de Vendome, women artists, previous exhibitors, have been invited to return to show new work in ‘Elles reviennent!’

Both museums are open 10-12:30 and 1.30-6.




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What a tonic on such a rainy day to read a little about the treat in store for us this summer, at Aix’s outstanding Hotel Caumont Centre d’Art.  They will be featuring the work of (more…)

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Two Free Shows in Cours Mirabeau

It’s always a pleasure to step out of the bustling Christmas-shopping crowds into a calm space for a little art appreciation before getting on with life – and there are two galleries in the cours Mirabeau with interesting free exhibitions.


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