Kathleen J. Foshay
UniverseRescue.Attempt@gmail.com; text or voicemail to (202) 459-8618
Re: Permission on Diego Rivera portrait of Edsel Ford
Dear Bank of Mexico,
I only speak English. I’m trying to get a Permission on use of this 1932 portrait by Sr. Rivera of Edsel Ford; please see the attached page, but the Detroit Institute of Art wrote me that the copyright had gone back to Sr. Rivera:
Dear Kathleen J. Foshay,
The Detroit Institute of Arts received your letter on April 22. Thank you for your inquiry.
The portrait of Edsel B. Ford by Diego Rivera (DIA number 77.5) is still under copyright. If you would like to use the image on your blog, you should contact the Artists Rights Society (ARS) in New York: https://www.arsny.com/requests
Also, we do not have details regarding the painting itself. You might want to look at the following books: Downs, Linda. Diego Rivera: The Detroit Industry Murals. New York: Detroit Institute of Arts in Association with W.W. Norton, 1999. Rosenthal, Mark. Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo in Detroit. Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts. 2015.
— Then I wrote to the Artists Rights Society and they haven’t replied, probably because they don’t know anything about rights on this painting. Edsel Ford had left it to Mrs. Edsel Ford and she’d left it to the Detroit Institute of Art, back in the 1970s I think. I don’t think the copyright could revert back to Sr. Rivera or that anyone would care if I used the image for an example of the type or Stereotype of Mr. E. Ford on my blog, there being few depictions of himself and this one being particularly nice and also useful about what he was like. I don’t want any difficulties with anyone so I’m writing to ask if you are aware of any legalities around this DIA painting, it being on display on their second floor but I can’t get to Detroit to take a photograph of it myself.
Sincerely, Kathy Foshay: UniverseRescueKathyFoshayWordPressCom.wordpress.com