Art Passions is a tribute to artists whose work I grew up with and has meaning for me personally. You won't find a lot of marketing here. A few recommended links almost support the website, and allow me to add new art. For years, Art Passions was housed on an entirely different server than my other projects: Design Passions, or Data Design books and posters that include illustrations by the artists presented here, and Artsy Craftsy for tile and art prints. I am starting a project to make William Morris / Arts and Crafts Art Tile (link dead for now). We'll see how it goes.
But really, these artists mean a lot to me, and life has generally been good, and every so often I get this strange urge to give something back to the Internet community (within reason). This site happened one of those times that I gave into that urge.
Reproduction art tile (not just Morris and Arts & Crafts, but yes, fairies, too) for individual display, accent tile, or projects will eventually be available at: William Morris Tile.
Some of these books are very hard to find. I try to keep an up-to-date list for each artist at the different online bookstores: List of Bookstores. But for many, you will have better success with an online booksearch, where I have listed out my recommendations based on the kind of book you are looking for, complete with commentary.
Sometimes the products are things that would help artists and I want to do that, but nevertheless, the links page is gone forever. This is because a) links go away, b) links turn into porn site links after I put them up, and c) it's jut too high maintenance. I'm sorry but wish you luck with it.
However, I do want to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit so that people don't spend their days in an windowless office just so they can continue to return to the windowless office tomorrow. I'd like to get out of that myself. So when I get the Arts and Crafts Store site up, if your content aligns, like these folks do Arts and Crafts grilles, then maybe. I would rather not link to pages that are just virtual storefronts because, by linking to that page, I am recommending it and it must therefore have value. That was the original spirit of the Internet, and I am old school.
Very rarely, I will recommend a product on artpasions. I won't pimp out the website; I am too emotionally invested in keeping it pure.
On the other hand, Vishnu, if you have a product that would be fun for artpassions visitors, I will definitely consider it and if it helps to keep artpassions up and running, that's cream.
However, policing bandwidth theft was bad for my mental health. So when an image is broken, it is probably because another person linked directly to the image so I removed the image hoping they would wake up. Sometimes if I had time, I renamed the original image and change the link in the pages. When I felt particularly naughty, I replaced the original image with something else that expressed my demonic side.
None of this worked however. I believe I have prevented hotlinking (the direct downloading of images to forums and other websites) so now I can create new pages with new artists.
I'm a visual learner and amazingly bad with descriptions. But you can write to me at the contact link at the top of this page, or you can try the Wayback Machine. The 1998 and 1999 archives are not available so if it was that long ago, you'll have to describe it to me very very well.
Amazingly yes, there is a free lunch. The line above about having my own projects doesn't apply to you. I do want to help artists get exposure and I am willing to help you out on this within reason. I am redoing the website, but if your art was here before, it will be back when I get to that section. Meanwhile, here are the rules:
in which the court said:
The court determined that museum reproductions, whose purpose is to duplicate the original work as precisely as possible, do not involve enough originality to be copyrighted as a derivative work. In other words, a museum reproduction of fine art in the public domain is itself public domain, and unauthorized duplication of the reproduction is not copyright infringement.
The entire article is well worth reading. The site contains several other relevant links, if you want to use art images on your website, or in your projects.
In the fall of 2000, I was contacted by the State Attorney General's office of New York state as part of an investigation of people claiming to hold copyrights for Maxfield Parrish. The attorney I spoke to did not believe that his works were under copyrights. However, I had not been contacted by anyone in that regard.
In mid-December 2000, I was contacted by two people asserting that they hold the copyrights to some of these images. In good faith, I took the images down over the Christmas holiday on the promise that I would receive copies of the contracts that Mr. Kevin Stewart says prove that Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. have a claim regarding the copyrights to Edmund Dulac's works. I took them down for two weeks but did not received anything from Kevin. Finally, something arrived. It looks reasonable. Kevin doesn't want anyone to be able to download and print out the images. I don't think I can stop that entirely, but these are images for the web and will certainly not be commercial quality when printed out. This is how the images came to be displayed with the show-image script; those images aren't indexed in the web image databases. As you can see, I was much more intimidated by official looking mail then so that was how I spent my Christmas weeks that year.
I was also contacted by Ms. Dawn Hathaway, who claims that Bridgeman Art Library represents the artists Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, and Gustave Dore and that "Bridgeman Art Library is authorised by these collections to grant reproduction permission to commercial users and collect a reproduction fee on their behalf."
I explained in my email to Ms. Hathaway that this site is a tribute to the artists. These pages link to bookstores where you can order books containing these images, from which I believed the actual copyright holders would benefit. I offered to remove those links. I do not charge for the images on these pages and again, being low resolution images, they are not suitable for inclusion in any hardcopy publication. To my great surprise and delight, Ms. Hathaway said that Bridgeman Art Library had no objections to the display of the images on a non-commercial website. Meanwhile, Kevin independently came to the same conclusion so the images are back up, unless there are bandwidth problems. See the Question and Answer section of this page about that.
On 15 January 2001, Ms. Hathaway wanted to clarify information I had put up on this page. The following is excerpted from Ms. Hathaway's 15 Jaunary 2001 email. I am leaving it up so readers can apprise themselves of the Bridgeman position.
2 Regarding my previous correspondence and the note posted on the website relating to copyright queries, I would like to clarify the situation regarding copyright and reproduction rights.
Copyright is an intellectual property right. It is an automatic right afforded to a creator giving them economic rights of control over copying, adaptation, issuance of copies to the public, performance and broadcasting.
Copyright is an intellectual property right according to U.K. and E.U. legislation. It is an automatic right afforded to a creator for their lifetime and an extended period of 70 years after their death. It does not have to be registered and it gives the creator economic rights of control over copying, adaptation, issuance of copies to the public, performance and broadcasting.
The creator also has the moral rights of paternity (the right to be identified), integrity (the right to object to any derogatory treatment of their work), privacy and the right not to have a work falsely attributed.
Copyright protects original artistic, literary, dramatic and musical works as well as sound recordings, films, broadcasts, cable programmes, published editions, computer generated works and computer programmes. Therefore a creator can be an artist, musician, author etc.
It is important to note that there may be multiple copyrights and copyright holders in a work.
Copyright in the transparency
All transparencies supplied by the Library are copyrighted photographs. The Library either owns the copyright in the photograph or acts as the authorised agent of the copyright holder. A licence must be obtained from the Library before any reproduction is made or this will constitute an infringement of copyright. This is known as Reproduction Permission whereby we obtain clearance of the subject of the transparency (i.e. the artist's copyright in the work that has been photographed).
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