‘Jeunesse’ by Herman Richir (1866-1942)
Preparation of ‘Jeunesse’ by Herman Richir (1866-1942), from the collection of the McManus Galleries, Dundee, for international loan
The painting was surface cleaned, at both front and back, and the discoloured varnish removed. Minor tears and damages at the extreme edges of the canvas were locally repaired and supported, then the canvas tension improved. The keys were secured, labels encapsulated and the whole reverse supported and protected with a stretcher bar lining. An isolating varnish layer was applied, minor losses were then filled and retouched before final varnishing.
Minor damages and losses to the frame were filled and retouched. A softwood build-up was secured to the back of the frame to accommodate the depth of the painting; a flexible, lightweight but robust backing was then applied to the reverse to protect the painting during transit and display.