Conservation/restoration of ‘View of a Lake’ by Jacques Matthias Schenker
Conservation/restoration of the oil painting ‘View of a Lake’ by Jacques Matthias Schenker, painted around 1900; size of painting without frame: H78.7 x W98.5cm. The painting was in a very poor structural shape with a floppy stretcher and a chunk of wood missing. The varnish coat had strongly discoloured. There were several cracks with discoloured old retouches. There were a few holes in the canvas. The largest crack was lifting and had opened up. The tension in the canvas was very poor with deformations. The tacking margins had weakened and were torn. Seven canvas patches had been attached, leading to distortions.
The painting was surface cleaned and the yellowed varnish coat removed. The canvas was removed from its stretcher and most patches removed. The canvas distortions were flattened and the patches replaced. The tacking margins were strip lined. The canvas was re-stretched on a new stretcher with a loose lining. The new wedges were secured. The painting was brush and spray varnished. The fills, paint losses, stains and abrasions were retouched. A detailed treatment report with before, during and after treatment photographs was provided.