The Endless Struggle – Battling The Inherent Vice In Art

Posted: May 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Impact of Intervention

The ‘life cycle of a painting’ varies depending on its condition, the materials the artist used, and the amount and quality of the restoration it has undergone.

“In recent decades, conservators have given considerable thought to … lengthening the period between treatments,” says Dorman. “We know that, even when we raise the flags of reversibility and minimal intervention, our work is precisely that—an intervention—and it has an impact on the art.”

Conservators and appraisers seem to agree that conservation doesn’t decrease a painting’s value. However, this factor depends on the conservator’s ability to restore the piece without changing anything about the art.

Until mid-June, you can watch in the Musée d’Orsay the restoration in progress of two large academics paintings: “The Orphan” (circa 1885) by August Schenck and “Two Mothers” (1888) by Maxime Faivre.


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