James Cameron Paying the Price for Sinking Picasso’s Famous Painting Damoiselles d’Avignon with the Titanic

Bullet Shih Apr, 2012 0
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The New York Times has reported that director James Cameron and the estate of Picasso are at odds over the use of the 1907 painting Damoiselles d’Avignon in the blockbuster film Titanic and its rerelease in 3D.  The groundbreaking painting which is credited as being Picasso’s first foray in Cubism has been safely housed in MOMA in New York since its purchase in 1937.  However, in the film Titanic, Kate Winslet is seen with a pint sized version (the original measures 243.9 cm × 233.7 cm or 96 in × 92 in) and the painting is seen going down with the ship.   Cameron used the  image in the original film without permission and later paid a fee for using it, however the current kerfuffle is based on the contention the the rerelease in 3D is another film altogether requiring another payment.

Theodore Feder, president of the Artists Rights Society, a company that guards intellectual property rights for more than 50,000 visual artists or their estates states that the 3-D version is a new work, not covered under the previous agreement.  He is quoted as saying,

“I don’t expect we’ll have any difficulty” in referring to his new request of Cameron.

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