Date completed : 23 April 2019 Duration : 3 Months
Rachel Howells

The painting had suffered a large horizontal tear, ca. 80 mm long, in the centre of the painting through a predominantly white area with little detail to distract the viewer from the tear.  The canvas in the surrounding area was very deformed. The tear went through the warp threads but fortunately there was not much loss to the paint and ground layers around the tear.

Conservation and restoration of accidental damage to a contemporary work dated1995.
Conservation and restoration of accidental damage to a contemporary work dated1995.
Conservation and restoration of accidental damage to a contemporary work dated1995.
Conservation and restoration of accidental damage to a contemporary work dated1995.
Conservation and restoration of accidental damage to a contemporary work dated1995.
Conservation and restoration of accidental damage to a contemporary work dated1995.
     

Detail of figures before treatment

Detail of figures before treatment in raking light

The tear was repaired using polyamide welding powder, and the deformations in the canvas flattened using repeated moisture treatments.  Paint losses were filled, and retouched using gouache.

 

Detail of figures after treatment

Detail of figures after treatment in raking light

Detail of tear before and after treatment

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