After months of research and hundreds of emails, we are happy to present a comprehensive list of digital catalogues raisonnés in the visual arts.
As an aid for curators, gallery owners, art historians, and collectors, a catalogue raisonné offers not only image credits, but also comprehensive documentation of exhibitions, literature, as well as the provenance history of an artist’s artworks. For art lovers and collectors, these digital catalogues also provide fascinating insights into the working methods of the respective artists, their biographies, the development of their oeuvre, and the different groups of works.
Many of the catalogues raisonnés are only available in printed form. Due to the pandemic lockdown most libraries, museums and galleries were closed. For many researchers, journalists, students and art lovers it proved extremely difficult to find a printed copy. Therefore, we have compiled a list of more than 140 digital directories that, with a few exceptions, are freely accessible and can be used free of charge. We originally published the list on our German-language art market blog artvise.me. However, due to the high interest, we thought it might be a good idea to make the information available to an international audience. Therefore we have decided to publish the list here as well. We hope to help art historians, students, collectors and art lovers with our overview.
If you know of other digital catalogues that are currently under construction, we would be happy to hear from you so that we can include them. At the end of the list you’ll find more resources.
Francis Bacon (1909–1992)
Samuel Bak (born 1933)
Willi Baumeister (1889–1955)
William Baziotes (1912–1963)
Max Beckmann (1884–1950)
Thomas H. Benton (1889–1975)
Anna-Eva Bergmann (1909–1987)
Bernd Berner (1930–2002)
Wander Bertoni (born 1925)
George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879)