One of the perks of being a conservator is of course spending many hours up-close-and-personal with great art. Another is shown here: Being able to decorate your workspace. Conservation of these two fabulous Impressionist paintings was recently completed. One painting will now be going into storage, and the other will go to be photographed post-conservation. Neither undertaking is a high priority, and the museum’s collection staff is often very busy working to tight deadlines on other projects.
So, for now, the paintings are staying in the conservation studio. But rather than stow them away in a cupboard, we’ve put them up on view, a perk that we will enjoy every day until the paintings move on, and others move in.