This is a website which presents art.
I suppose you could consider it an inside online art museum which looks much better on your computer.
You can explore through the galleries by travelling through the frames.
This museum is dedicated to the free propagation of art. All copyright has been voided for the images on this site.
It's been built by taking photographs of innumerous frames and paintings and gallery spaces.
By swapping them all around with one another and sorting them out I've created this unique collection here.
I’ve done my best to organise things into coherent sets and rooms for you in order to the showcase these art pieces appropriately.
Beware however! I've held nothing back with regards to the edits. This project has originated from my own personal love of recreating and re-interpreting of the work of others, and is the result of many hundreds of hours of editing the paintings in these collections. They're all retouched. In some cases, they vary significantly from their original appearance.
It's important to point out that, with two exceptions, these pieces are in completely different frames than originally showcased. This museum has been independently curated and presented.
The rooms themselves are transformed: erased frames, washed walls, and I’ve got rid of the little plaques that tell you information about the paintings specifically because I find them distracting — I sometimes find myself too-inclined to spend too much time with my eyes on reading words instead of watching pieces of paint dry.
Obviously art needs context though, so there are words for guidance here and there. Such introductions are minor and unobtrusive by design.
The purpose of this website is to spread & showcase re-framed public domain paintings.
Approximately 97% of the images on this website have been taken by me, and so by default I own the copyright to them (which I void). Although I do not own the copyright to the paintings themselves, they are almost all now in the public domain which means that they can be used and reproduced freely
. The remaining two paintings by Salvador Dali
and Pablo Picasso
do not have an expired copyright, however their reproduction here is permitted under fair use for educational purposes,
and are not available to download.
The remaining 3% have been downloaded from the websites of various museums that have decided to supply high-quality scans of their public domain collections to the public for free and for any purpose, including commercial.
and I will endeavour to make sure that it remains so. To help the project grow and evolve, I also offer a service to supply posters of the pictures on the site. I do have the right to sell reproductions of my own images, but you are welcome to download the full-res images and print your own copies for whatever use & purpose you please.
You can visit the print room by going to www.picturesofpaintings.shop
or alternatively by clicking the poster icon in each of the galleries. You can download all the images here.
Hello, my name's Yaz, and it's nice to meet you.
I like editing pictures of paintings and I also dabble in irreversible thermodynamics and bayesian statistics. www.yazashmawi.com
If you want to see pictures I’ve taken that are not of other people’s paintings
then you can follow me personally on Instagram or listen to random things occasionally probably on Twitter
There is also a Pictures of Paintings Instagram Account
that I can really recommend for a daily dose of artwork delivered directly to your virtual doorways. You can contact me by email at email@example.com
For this, truly, I must sincerely apologise.
You see, I am not a website designer and building this thing has been a big effort.
Alas, it has proven to be beyond my reasonable ability to create a mobile version of this website that I am satisfied with.
I must re-iterate that this website looks so much better on your computer.
One day, it might be possible to build an app. We shall have to see.