Pour Tout Le Monde





In a world of paywalls and monetised content, fourteen Parisian museums including the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais, and the Catacombs have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks by Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, and thousands of others freely available to the public via its collections portal. To wit:

Users can download a file that contains a high definition (300 DPI) image, a document with details about the selected work, and a guide of best practices for using and citing the sources of the image. Making this data available guarantees that our digital files can be freely accessed and reused by anyone or everyone, without any technical, legal or financial restraints, whether for commercial use or not,

Allez les musées!

Above (from top): Claude Monet’s “Soleil couchant sur la Seine à Lavacourt, effet d’hiver” (1880); Pierre Bonnard’s “Nu dans le bain” (1936); Paul Cézanne’s “Portrait d’Ambroise Vollard” (1899) and Eugène Atget’s “Coin des rues de Seine et de l’Echaudé, 6ème arrondissement, Paris” (1911).


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5 thoughts on “Pour Tout Le Monde

  1. Slightly Bemused

    Oh this is wonderful! I now just might have a new screensaver every day :)

    It is one of the things I have felt, being lucky enough to live in a country which makes such things free: culture and art held by a state organisation should be free to view to the public who, in effect, have already paid for it. The artists should be paid properly, but once the State owns it, they should make them available to the public freely.

    But if you can only see it if you go to one specific site, then many people will not get to enjoy the mastery. Digital versions like this will help spread that joy, and may also inspire future generations to become artists themselves.

  2. Tea And Brexits

    Vive La France (or Vive La FrenchTech).

    Perhaps this will stop the hordes of numpty tourists crowding around exhibits taking mobile phone pics, obscuring the view, and ruining the atmosphere for others who’d like to appreciate the works of art in more tranquil ways? Nah. Doesn’t allow for selfies . . .

    G’wan the XVIIIe arrondissement.

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