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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Removing Varnish, Brightening a Landscape

by Serena Urry, Chief Conservator

8/10/2023

CAMConservation, paintings conservation, Theodore Robinson, Impressionism, American Impressionism

We’ve had this painting by American Impressionist Theodore Robinson (1852–1896) listed for varnish removal for a while. That’s because curators and conservators know that Impressionist artists rarely varnished their paintings.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Charming Secret

by Serena Urry, Chief Conservator

4/13/2023

CAMConservation, paintings conservation, Impressionism, Pierre Auguste Renoir

Painted by the French Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), Fog on Guernsey recently paid a visit to our lab for cleaning—and it let us in on a charming secret.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Still Life in Blue with Lemon by Paul Cézanne

by Conservation

12/9/2021

CAMConservation, paintings conservation, Cezanne, Impressionism, impressionist, French immpressionist

Be sure to stop by Gallery 227 to see Still Life in Blue with Lemon after its visit to Conservation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Yellow quashes violet!

by Conservation

2/27/2020

sisley, Impressionism, paintings conservation, varnish removal, yellowed varnish, behind the scenes, conservation

This beautiful landscape by Impressionist Alfred Sisley was recently being cleaned of its varnish by our paintings conservator.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The perks of being a conservator!

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1/30/2020

hassam, Impressionism, impressionist, conservation, paintings conservation, behind the scenes

One of the perks of being a conservator is of course spending many hours up-close-and-personal with great art.