The object of the Pierre Puvis de Chavannes Committee is to watch over the respect of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes person and work.
This Committee is a legal association, abiding by the 1901 French Law, which was declared to the Paris Prefecture on April, 17th 2002.
The author's heirs'moral rights are defined by Articles L.121-1, L.121-2 and L.121-3 of the French Intellectual Property Code. Continuators of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes'person, his heirs watch over the respect of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes'moral rights : respect of his name, his authorship and his works. They also benefit from his right of disclosure.
Duration and scope
By virtue of art. L.121-1 of the French Intellectual Property Code, the moral rights, transmittable to the author's heirs are "everlasting, untransferable and imprescriptible". The moral rights do not end with the economic rights. They are successively transmitted to the author's heirs with no time limit.
In accordance with the international conventions, and notably the Berne Convention, the author's heirs benefit from the author's rights not only in France, but also in the entire world.
The moral rights enable Pierre Puvis de Chavannes'heirs to act in three specific areas:
Authentification of works
• respect of the authorship and of the author's name : the author has the right to be recognised as the creator of a work and to have his name mentioned each time his work is exhibited or reproduced.
• right of disclosure : the moral rights beneficiaries have the right to control the disclosure of each posthumous work of the artist. Therefore, the Committee is entitled to oppose to the disclosure of thesis, or any kind of work, reproducing Pierre Puvis de Chavannes'non-disclosed works, that is to say works which were not exhibited or reproduced during the author's life or which were exposed or reproduced without his consent.
An agreement given by the author during his life must be interpreted strictly and limited to the specific use it was given for.Moreover, the Committee will control that the works for which Pierre Puvis de Chavannes used his right to reconsider or retract during his life are not reproduced.
• respect of the works: the Committee will control Pierre Puvis de Chavannes'works are not denatured, namely that the physical integrity and "spirit" of the artist's works are respected. In addition, the works exploitation shall not adversely affect Pierre Puvis de Chavannes'reputation.
The name and likeness of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes are patrimonial elements pertaining to the monopoly of the Pierre Puvis de Chavannes Committee. Third parties wishing to use them are under the obligation to submit a request to the Pierre Puvis de Chavannes Committee.
Consequently, the approval of the Committee (characterised by the granting of a "Ready for Print") is recommended prior to each reproduction of a Pierre Puvis de Chavannes'work.
The infringement of the author's moral rights is regarded as counterfeiting.
The Committee is entitled to issue authentication certificates of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes'works.