20,000 Artworks Available for Free Download on LACMA’s Robust Digital Archive

Free Downloadable Art at LACMA Art Museum

Odalisque by Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, 1830

You don’t have to travel the world to see great art. As museums continue to digitize their collections, you can view paintings, sculptures, and other artwork that spans thousands of years and geographical locations. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has worked for the past two years to make their acquisitions viewable online. There are 20,000 images available and in the public domain, making them also free downloadable art for anyone. Altogether, the museum has uploaded 80,000 works on their website with both restricted and unrestricted use—a quarter of the art that’s in their physical collection.

It’s easy to find an image that will inspire you. The robust online search is sorted via highlights, chronology, curatorial area, and more; it's a great place to start. If you’re looking for something more specific, however, they’ve tagged individual works with their defining attributes. Typing in the word “cactus”, for instance, will bring up photographs, paintings, and objects having to do with the plant. You can even choose the option to filter only images that are in the public domain.

Check out a small sample of what you can find on the LACMA art website, including works by artists like Mondrian, Cezanne, and Degas.

The LACMA art museum has digitized a fraction of their collection and put it online—including 20,000 images of free downloadable art.

Here's just some of what you'll find (and is the public domain).

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Mount Yoshino, Cherry Blossoms by Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1897

Free Downloadable Art at LACMA Art Museum

The Dancers by Edgar Degas, 1898

Free Downloadable Art at LACMA Art Museum

Death of Meleager by François Boucher, 1727

Free Downloadable Art at LACMA Art Museum

Woman and Child by Mary Cassatt

Free Downloadable Art at LACMA Art Museum

Untitled by Peter Behrens, 1898

Free Downloadable Art at LACMA Art Museum

Cleopatra by Circle of Pierre Julien, 1795

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Sous-Bois by Paul Cézanne, 1894

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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