Oil Painting Repro
Selling a Painting?
I have been offered a more than generous some for a painting I aquired from an unknown painter. I will say that the painting is oil on canvas repro, 24X36 inches of Venus. Is it legal to sell this painting in the USA, although the original painter is dead. With all these copy rights, I am not sure if it is legal. I purchased this painting directly from the painter in Italy, Cash. I never obtained a receipt. The possible buyer is offering me cash.
The painting, or reproduction as you mentioned, is your property, and you can sell it for whatever price you can get. It's perfectly legal, and you do not need to get permission from the dead artist's estate, or pay anything more. The artist was already compensated for the work when he sold it to you. If you decide to sell it, that's not an infringement of the copyright. It's just an exercise of your rights.
What would be an infringement of the copyright would be to make further reproductions from your piece and sell those. You only own the one canvas, not the image itself. That is owned by the artist's estate for a period of years after his death.
Go ahead and take the cash.
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