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The copyright of artworks (in the European Union and many other countries) expires on the January 1st that follows the 70th anniversary of an artist's death. (However, some silly American laws may place some of their post-1923 work still under copyright in the U. S. Also, some Russian or French laws may extend the copyright for military people who died in World War II.)

Painters, sculptors, photographers[edit]

Here is a list of painters, sculptors and photographers who died in 1942 and whose works are hence in the Public Domain since January 1st, 2013:

Else Berg: Self portrait, 1917. Berg was murdered in 1942 in Auschwitz.
Albert Guillaume: Au théâtre
Heinrich Vogeler: Sommerabend, a painting of a summer evening in Worpswede in 1905.
Grant Wood's iconic American Gothic, already in the Public Domain in the U.S. for some years now, is part of the Public Domain in the European Union, too.
Yva: Untitled (A lady reading a newspaper), c. 1932. The fashionable 1920s and 1930s photographer Yva (i. e. Else Neuländer) was murdered in Majdanek in 1942.


Opéra de Nancy

Exterior views of buildings by architecture who died in 1942 become part of the Public Domain even in countries like France and Belgium where moronic copyright laws do not recognize any freedom of panoarama. That means that photographs of buildings like the Opéra de Nancy are legal since January 1st, 2013. Interior views of such buildings will no longer be a copyright problem in those countries and many other countries like Germany.



(very short extract of a huge list)