The good image: The Getty museum releases high-resolution images, free for the community

Georges Seurat (French, 1859 - 1891)
Poplars, about 1883 - 1884, Conté crayon on Michallet paper
24.3 x 31 cm (9 9/16 x 12 3/16 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Today, the Getty museum made 4600  high-resolution images of the Museum’s collection, free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose. These high definition images, some over 100Mb, are openly available. All you have to do is add a credit line below the image.

From their web site:
" The Getty was founded on the conviction that understanding art makes the world a better place, and sharing our digital resources is the natural extension of that belief. This move is also an educational imperative. Artists, students, teachers, writers, and countless others rely on artwork images to learn, tell stories, exchange ideas, and feed their own creativity. In its discussion of open content, the most recent Horizon Report, Museum Edition stated that “it is now the mark—and social responsibility—of world-class institutions to develop and share free cultural and educational resources.” I agree wholeheartedly.

Forward-thinking organizations such as the Walters Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, Yale University, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Harvard University have shown how powerful open access to collections and research can be. The Open Content Program represents a new commitment to digital openness in the Getty’s work. I look forward to adding more resources over the coming months and years—and even more, I look forward to seeing what open content will inspire you to create and share."

For you enjoyment, a short selection of French artists.
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Claude Monet (French, 1840 - 1926)
Sunrise (Marine), March or April 1873, Oil on canvas
Unframed: 50.2 x 61 cm (19 3/4 x 24 in.)
Framed: 67.3 x 78.4 x 6.4 cm (26 1/2 x 30 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 

 Théodore Rousseau (French, 1812 - 1867)
The Loing River at the Edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau, about 1830, Pen and black ink and gray wash
21.6 x 28.1 cm (8 1/2 x 11 1/16 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Gustave Doré (French, 1832 - 1883)
After the Shipwreck - Design for an illustration of Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, about 1875, Gouache
50.8 x 40.5 cm (20 x 15 15/16 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles


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