Each new year offers an occasion to celebrate the works of literature, music, film, and visual art that will enter the public domain. This year, masterworks by various important modernists are among the pieces that will be available for free use by Americans.
Earlier this week, the Public Domain Review announced the latest works that entered the public domain as of January 1. In the United States, which deems works to be in the public domain based on when they were created, a selection of pieces from 1924 will now be freely available online.
Among the artworks entering the public domain in the U.S. are Day of the Dead and other frescos at Mexico City’s Ministry of Education building by Diego Rivera, Man Ray’s photograph Le Violon d’Ingres, Wassily Kandinsky’s painting Contrasting Sounds, Edward Hopper’s New York Pavements, Paul Klee’s Asiatic God, and Joan Miró’s Head of a Catalan Peasan, Madonna with Begonia by Emil Nolde, and Portrait of the Art Dealer Johanna Ey by Otto Dix.
Literary highlights include The Man in the Brown Suit and Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie, Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville, The Gift of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois, The Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain, The Old Maid by Edith Wharton, and The Dream by H. G. Wells. Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and Irving Berlin’s popular song Lazy are among the musical additions to the public domain this year, and landmark films like Erich von Stroheim’s Greed, D. W. Griffith’s America, and Raoul Walsh’s The Thief of Bagdad are joining along with them.