Art lovers, rejoice: free high-res images from LACMA

Judging by how often people borrow art prints* from the library, Arlington has a lot of art lovers. So you’ll be glad to learn that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has just made 20,000 images of its artwork that is in the public domain available in high-resolution format.

*Didn’t know you could borrow art from the library? Come on in and check out our collection on the second floor and in the stairwell. Art prints go out for six weeks at a time.

LACMA’s instructions read, “To find downloadable images, visit our collections database. Search by any criteria. On the search results page, at the top right, you will see an option that says “select only results with unrestricted images.” Check this box to filter for results for which we offer a high quality downloadable image. Navigate to a particular artwork, and you will see a “download” option immediately below the image that will deliver the image to your desktop.”

Do take a minute to read the Terms and Conditions, and be aware that these images are “only for limited non-commercial personal use. Users must cite the author/artist and source of the Protected Content as they would material from any printed or other work, and the citation should include the URL “” in addition to all copyright and other proprietary notices provided with the Protected Content.”

So, as long as you’re willing to cite your sources, there’s a treasure trove of art waiting to be discovered. You can search for a particular artist, but I had better luck searching by country (e.g. Spain, France, England) and browsing all of the artists. Here are a few that I found:


Fruit Dish on a Garden Chair, Paul Gaugin, France, circa 1890

4x5 original

Paysage (Eragny), Camille Pissarro, France, 1890


The Shade, Auguste Rodin, France, circa 1880


Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant, Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec, France, 1892


The sleep of reason produces monsters, Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Spain, 1799

4x5 original

Lake of Geneva from Montreux, J.M.W. Turner, England, circa 1810

4x5 original

“Dancing Hours” Salt, Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, England, circa 1780-1785

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to LACMA and start exploring!

Thanks to Vermont librarian Jessamyn West for alerting me to this news from LACMA.

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