Just a few more hours and it will be 2020, which means that the work of a new batch of artists will pass into the public domain in countries of the death-70 regime.
In Europe this means that this will become public domain:
- Axel Munthe, Swedish psychiatrist (The Story of San Michele)
- Umberto Brunelleschi, Italian artist
- Leonard Bloomfield, American linguist
- Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian writer
- Tod Robbins, American author (“Spurs“)
- E. J. Bellocq, an American photographer
- George Gurdjieff, Soviet spiritual teacher
- James Ensor, Belgian painter
- Richard Connell, American author and journalist, best known for his short story “The Most Dangerous Game“
- Lead Belly, African-American blues musician
- Hervey Allen, American author (Israfel: The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe)
The following authors and their works are in the public domain as of January 1 of this year according the 70 years rule:
Robert Musil, Austrian author of The Man Without Qualities; Bruno Schulz, Polish author of The Street of Crocodiles, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, draughtsman of The Book of Idolatry; Franz Boas, German-born American anthropologist, author of Anthropology and Modern Life, The Mind of Primitive Man and Primitive Art; Stefan Zweig, Austrian author of Letter from an Unknown Woman, Fear and World of Yesterday; Germaine Dulac French director of The Seashell and the Clergyman; Jindřich Štyrský , Czech artist, author-photographer of Emilie Comes to Me in a Dream; Grant Wood, an American painter, best known for his painting American Gothic; Bronisław Malinowski, Polish anthropologist, author of The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia; Léon Daudet, French journalist, writer, often called the French Dickens and Walter Sickert, painter known for his The Camden Town Murder.
Illustration: American Gothic (1930) by American painter Grant Wood. This is the best-known work of Wood, up to the point that it is one of the most famous works of art. But in his oeuvre you will also find Rousseau-esque discursions such as Young Corn.