Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Studies in Conservation, Volume 2, p.77-81 (1953)
The job was to consolidate a picture by Van Gogh where the paint was detached from the canvas in several places. It was necessary to saturate with a mixture of wax and resin. Normally this is done with a hot iron. In this case I used a heated table to avoid ironing the thick, fragile impasto. A brush provided sufficient pressure. It could be applied directly to the painting without any protection. Although the painting was very fragile, favourable circumstances allowed cleaning without damage. The solvant used to remove surplus wax removed at the same time, without any mechanical aid, nearly all the surface dirt.