I'm always intrigued when I notice the image of a famous painting represented in a movie, whether it's prominently used as part of the story or just operating as a prop somewhere in the background. Just for the sake of trivia, I think it's cool. Sometimes a movie might even feature the real physical piece, like if the scene was filmed at a particular gallery, but in all other instances it's typically just a reproduction, usually with some odd color adjustments, crops, flipped composition, ect.--not to say that makes it any less interesting. I have no insight as to how rights usage applies to artworks in film, but like anything else I imagine it's complicated.
Anyway, paintings I've noticed over the past few years:
Oblivion (2013) - Andrew Wyeth "Christina's World"
The Breach (2007) - Homer Winslow "The Herring Net"
The Raven (2012) - Franz Hugh Lane "Gloucester Harbor at Sunrise"
Skyfall (2012) - Joseph Wright of Derby "An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump"
Django Unchained (2012) - Frederic Edwin Church "The Heart of the Andes"
Any others worth noting?
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