May 16, 2021

Digital Collections: The Munch Museum in Oslo Publishes More than 7,600 Drawings Online for Free

From The Art Newspaper:

The Munch Museum in Oslo has published more than 7,600 of the artist’s drawings online, making them free to access for any purpose—even merchandising. The three-year project to digitise the works, billed as a digital catalogue raisonné, responds to a wider call for museums to waive image fees for works in their collections that are out of copyright.

The drawings date from 1873, when Edvard Munch was a boy of ten, to 1943, the year before his death. “He drew incessantly and almost anywhere,” says Stein Olav Henrichsen, the Munch Museum’s director. More than 90% of the digitised works belong to the museum, but the online database also includes items from other public and private collections.

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From the Munch Museum

Studying these drawings is great opportunity to get close to Munch’s art, providing fascinating insight into his artistic process. You can follow the development of his characteristic style throughout different periods of his artistic career, and explore the evolution of some of his most iconic artworks, such as The Scream.

Direct to Digital Collection Database 

See Also: The Drawings of Edvard Munch. An Introduction

See Also: About the Digitization/Database Project

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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