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Paris Musées, a collection of 14 museums in Paris have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks freely available to the public on their collections website.

Artists with works in the archive include Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, and thousands of others. 

Paris Musées is a public entity that oversees the 14 municipal museums of Paris, including the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais, and the Catacombs. 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.

From a press release shared by Paris Musées:

“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.”

One such artist is Eugène Atget (12 February 1857 – 4 August 1927) — a French flâneur and a pioneer of documentary photography, noted for his determination to document the architecture and street scenes of Paris before their disappearance to modernization.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

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