250+ pics of artworks now available via Creative Commons license

This is Nissa Bella, painted by Martial Raysse in 1964, at the Musee d’Art moderne et d’Art comtemporain (MAMAC) in Nice. The heart over her left eye was apparently caused by lens flare, and is not actually in the painting. But I do kinda like it.

I make a point of visiting art museums when I’m on the road, and began snapping pics of art works obsessively about three years ago. They provide a nice souvenir, but also an entirely different way to look at, study and enjoy the pieces afterwards. I’ve been posting them onto my flickr stream for some time, and, as alluded to in a post a few days ago, have now decided to make them available via Creative Commons (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License) to anyone who wishes to use them non-commercially in projects, blogs, wikis, etc. I only ask that you credit the photo with a link back to here – pirancafe.com.

The entire Creative Commons set is here and at the moment includes 256 images, in sizes up to 600×900. Everything (I think so, anyway) is tagged with the artist’s name, the title of the work, and the museum where it was shot. Flash photography and tripods are a no-no at virtually all museums, so just about all of these are shot at high speed ASA and oftentimes slow shutter speeds. Most should work fine for web use.

Some of the museums and exhibits represented:
Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – Barcelona (Aug 2010)
EXHIBIT – Cezanne, Picasso, Giacometti – Masterpieces from the Fondation Beyeler – Leopold Museum, Vienna (Sep 2010)
Musee d’Art moderne et d’Art comtemporain (MAMAC), Nice (Mar 2011)
National Gallery – Stockholm (Aug 2010)
Exhibit – MATCH: Otto Dix and the Art of Portraiture, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (Feb 2008)
Exhibit: Drei. Das Triptychon in der Moderne, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (Feb 2009)
Cleveland Museum of Art, permanent collection (Dec 2008)
Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels (Sep 2009)

More will be available when time allows. Enjoy, and tell a friend!

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