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A Year In Review 2023

As we come to the end of 2023, we reflect on a selection of this year's most significant events internationally. Join us in remembering 2023 through this article.


Memorable Events 


1) The major Lucian Freud exhibition closed at the National Gallery, London, and opened at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

The Credit Suisse Exhibition, Lucian Freud: New Perspectives, was open from 1 October 2022 to 22 January 2023 at the National Gallery in London. The major retrospective, organised by the National Gallery and the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, was later shown from 14 February 2023 to 18 June 2023.

Bridgeman Images represents the Lucian Freud's Estate, as well as the collection of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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Self portrait image of Lucien Freud
Reflection (Self Portrait), 1985 (oil on canvas), Lucian Freud (1922-2011) / Private Collection / © The Lucian Freud Archive. All Rights Reserved 2023 / Bridgeman Images


2) 27th January - The Walt Disney Company celebrates its 100th birthday 

Founded in 1923, The Walt Disney Company succeeded in establishing a global enterprise adored by millions. 

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Photograph of Walt Disney at the Disney Studios
Walt Disney (1901-1966). American producer of animated motion-picture cartoons. Photographed in 1944 / Granger / Bridgeman Images

3) 14th February - The European Parliament approves a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in the European Union from 2035 

This plan hopes to reduce the environmental impact of cars in Europe, wishing to promote electric vehicles instead. 

Explore our archive of environmental images here 
Image of a traffic jam at the Champs Elysee in Paris
Traffic backs up on the Champs Elysées during pollution alert, 1997-09-30 (photo) / REUTERS / Bridgeman Images

4) 6th May - The Coronation of King Charles III 

For the first time in 70 years a new monarch was crowned, signifying an accession. 

Explore our archive celebrating King Charles' life and accomplishments here
Photograph of King Charles I
Prince Charles (future King Charles III) (photo) / Picture Alliance / DPA / Bridgeman Images

5) 8th June - First Anniversary of Dame Paula Rego's Death. Bridgeman Images now represents her Estate.

Paula Rego (1935–2022), an artist of uncompromising vision and a peerless storyteller, brought immense psychological insight and imaginative power to the genre of figurative art. Bridgeman Images now represents Paula Rego's Estate. 

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Painting of Paula Rego in her studio
The Artist in Her Studio, 1993 (Acrylic on canvas), Paula Rego (1935-2022) / Dame Paula Rego. All rights reserved 2023 / Bridgeman Images


6) 21st July - The Barbie movie is released 

The first billion dollar movie directed solely by a woman, Greta Gerwig, was released this year. 

Find out more about Barbie through our archive 
File photo of Barbie creator Ruth Handler, 1999-02-07 (photo) / REUTERS / Jeff Christensen / Bridgeman Images


7) 20th August -  Spain wins the Women’s World Cup 

Spain claim their first ever women's world cup win against England. 

Explore our archive of women’s football images to celebrate this victory 
Germany's Minnert kicks a free kick at Olympic Football, 2000-09-28 (photo) / REUTERS / Reuters Photographer / Bridgeman Images

8) 17th August - The 100th anniversary of the birth of acclaimed Venezuelan artist, Carlos Cruz-Diez

Bridgeman Images represents Carlos Cruz-Diez's Estate. Having constructed over 170 sculptures, this artist is renowned for his contributions to the theory and practice of colour. 

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Carlos Cruz-Diez in front of a Cromoestructura, 2015 (lacquered paint on an aluminum structure ), Carlos Cruz-Diez (1923-2019) / © Estate of Carlos Cruz-Diez. All rights reserved 2023 / Bridgeman Images


9) 12th September - A Stolen Van Gogh painting is finally returned after three years 

After a 3-year long mystery, The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring by Vincent Van Gogh has finally reappeared within the art world. 

Read more about one of Van Gogh's most famous artwork: The Starry Night 
Self Portrait, 1887 (oil on canvas), Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) / Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images


10) 16th September - The V&A opens the Chanel exhibition 

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, celebrates Chanel's legacy and brand through a new show, Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto, open until 25 February 2024. 

Join us in celebrating the beauty of Chanel 
Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel (1883-1971). French fashion designer. Photographed in her suite at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, 1938., Unknown photographer (20th century) / Granger / Bridgeman Images

11) 5th December - This year marks 10 years since the death of the world renowned activist Nelson Mandela 

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. After a life dedicated to human rights, he passed away on 5 December 2013. 

Learn more about Nelson Mandela and fights for freedom here 
Nelson Mandela Meets Diana Princess of Wales, 1997-03-17 (photo) / REUTERS / Reuters Photographer / Bridgeman Images


Remembering Icons 

1) Paco Rabanne 

February 1934 - February 2023. Spanish fashion designer and founder of the Paco Rabanne brand. 

Bridgeman Images worked with Paco Rabanne for their FW23 fall collection, integrating the work of Salvador Dalí within their fashion. The image below shows Paco Rabanne on the left, beside Bridgeman Images' collaboration on the right.  

On the left: Fashion Designer Paco Rabanne, c. 1969 (photo) / Giovanni Coruzzi / Bridgeman Images. On the Right: Bridgeman Images proudly worked with Paco Rabanne’s team to license three Salvador Dalí's artworks used in their RTW Fall 2023 collection. 


2) Tina Turner

November 1939 - May 2023. Renowned singer and songwriter, often referred to as the Queen of Rock and Roll.
Tina Turner in concert, 1989 (photo) / © Fryderyk Gabowicz / Picture Alliance / Bridgeman Images


3) Tony Bennett 

August 1926 - July 2023. Distinguished American Jazz and Pop singer, winning twenty Grammy Awards and two primetime Emmy awards. 
Tony Bennett posing for a photo
Tony Bennett / © Maurice Seymour. All rights reserved 2023 / Bridgeman Images


4) Jane Birkin 

December 1946 - July 2023. British and French actress and singer, who also inspired the creation of the iconic Hermès Birkin bag. 
Jane Birkin at Serge Gainsbourg's Paintings Exhibition, Paris 1969 (photo) / Giovanni Coruzzi / Bridgeman Images

5) Fernando Botero 

April 1932 - September 2023. Columbian Artist and Sculptor, well-known for his round human figures.
Fernando Botero at the museum Wyrth in France in 2015
Fernando Botero at the museum Wÿrth France Erstein, 2015 (photo), Fernando Botero (b.1932) / Picture Alliance / DPA / Bridgeman Images



Highlights from Bridgeman Images in 2023


1) Bridgeman Images proudly adds the Reuters Pictures Archive to its archive

This collaboration complements and broadens our current offering, adding 1 million more pictures spanning over 100 years, giving you unprecedented access to the images that shaped our world.

Read more about the Reuters Pictures Archive

A piece of Berlin Wall is lifted in order to build another border crossing in 1989
A slab of the Berlin Wall is lifted by an East German crane at Potsdamer Platz as they make way for another border crossing, 1989-11-12 (photo) / Bridgeman Images



2) Royalty-Free Licensing Options 

Bridgeman Images has introduced Royalty-Free licensing options. Discover all the benefits, including affordability and flexibility of use.

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Christ as Salvator Mundi, c.1500 (oil on panel), Anonymous / Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Bridgeman Images
Christ as Salvator Mundi, c.1500 (detail) (oil on panel), Anonymous / Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Bridgeman Images


3) Rights & Clearance services

Our new Rights & Clearance services are available to Bridgeman Images' clients worldwide, in partnership with Six Degrees & Fairplay. Our Rights & Clearance service offers a range of essential solutions designed to streamline your workflow and protect your projects:

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Skippy Signs Contract, Hollywood, California, 1937
Skippy Signs Contract, Hollywood, California, 1937 (b/w photo) / Underwood Archives/UIG / Bridgeman Images

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