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The Art Institute of Chicago has uploaded over 44,000 artworks for free viewing

If you’re not heading to Chicago anytime soon, don’t sweat; The Art Institute of Chicago has recently digitised their entire collection, meaning you can view over 44,000 artworks at home, for free.

Vincent Van Gogh, The Bedroom, 1889, Oil on Canvas, CC0 Public Domain Designation

You can now access over 44,000 artworks for free from the comfort of your own home thanks to The Art Institute of Chicago.

In a bid to make artworks more accessible for academic scholars, students and the general public alike, The Art Institute of Chicago opened the floodgates and provided free, unrestricted access to 44,313 artworks with enhanced image viewing qualities, allowing viewers to see the works in greater detail.

“Check out the paint strokes in Van Gogh’s ‘The Bedroom,’” the Art Institute writes on its website, “the charcoal details on Charles White’s ‘Harvest Talk,’ or the synaesthetic richness of Georgia O’Keeffe’s ‘Blue and Green Music.’”

The Art Institute of Chicago is following the lead of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Sweden’s Nationalmuseum, who have both made all of the public domain works in their collections available for free online. The Nationalmuseum has also waved its entry fee, meaning you can view the works for no charge online and in person.

Within six months of uploading their collection to the world wide web, the New York Met saw a 64 per cent increase in image downloads and a 17 per cent spike in traffic for the online collections.

Here are some of the artworks available on The Art Institute of Chicago’s website:

Fernand Léger, Reclining Woman, 1922, Oil on Canvas © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris


Claude Monet, Apples and Grapes, 1880, Oil on Canvas, CC0 Public Domain Designation


David Hockney, American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman), 1968, Acrylic on Canvas, © David Hockney


Katsushika Hokusai, Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as the Great Wave, from the series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei)”, 1830/33, ukiyo-e woodblock print


Vasily Kandinsky, Carnival, 1904, in Munich, n.d., Tempera on Board

Check out the collection over on The Art Institute of Chicago’s website.

Via ArtNet.


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October 26, 2018