Through the Window

The cleaning of this 20th Century painting in the collection of the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery reveals very clearly how subtleties of colours in painting are ruined by a dirty varnish and how the painting flattens and looks two dimensional. In the details you can see how ‘muddy’ the important brush strokes look before cleaning and how pretty they look after.

This painting was obscured by several layers of very yellowed varnish. These were removed with appropriate solvents that dissolved the varnish, leaving the painting looking much fresher underneath. Then the painting just needed a varnish to complete its transformation

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