• Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849, artist, [between 1804 and 1818] 1 print : woodcut, color ; 23.2 x 17.2 cm.


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What Does 1923 Look Like?

Author: Cate Cooney

By now you've read news stories about works entering the public domain in 2019. This is very exciting! For the first time in 20 years, works published in 1923 will enter the United States public domain. Let's have a look at 1923, or at least a few of my favorites.

 Art/Music The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Batchelors, Even (The Large Glass) by Marcel Duchamp  in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

William Carlos Williams Spring and All http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/books-that-shaped-america/1900-to-1950.html#obj11 can be quoted in full, or you could make a reprint of Wallace Stevens’ Harmonium.

Sing Yes! We Have No Bananas by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn to your heart's content!

Agnes F. Northrop;’s design for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Autumn Landscape Window is free to use and reuse. You'd want to credit her work of course. I wonder, did Tiffany give her the credit due?

Enjoy Suprematist art? Many works by Kasimir Malevich are now available, like this Half Teacup in the Cooper Hewitt’s collection. You can go see it in person once the federal government shutdown is over. Until then, feel free to download the image.

Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Flight into Egypt was painted in 1923, https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/16947 as was Picasso’s Woman in Whitehttps://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/488711

I did a search of the Art Institute of Chicago’s online collection and limited it to 1923. What a year! https://www.artic.edu/collection?q=painting&date-start=1923AD&date-end=1923AD

Think of all the works in the Library’s collections that are now free for use. This gorgeous photograph of the poet and journalist Solita Solano can be released now, as can Edward Weston’s stunning nude of Tina Modotti. However, we will have to wait another 6 years for the photojournalist Modotti’s own images. 1923 was a great year for photography.

Many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s drawings from the Library’s collection will be available. 

A quick search for Drawings in the Library catalog, limited to 1923, came up with 1006 items. Photographs? 8,199. You might notice that I have not put any Library images in this post. That’s because up until a few days ago, the Library couldn’t make anything but a thumbnail accessible. I suspect it’s going to be a while before staff can make it all available online.

Have a look at 1923, what does it look like to you?

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