THE TREATMENT OF AN ODILON REDON CHINE COLLÉ LITHOGRAPH, L'ART CELESTE
ABSTRACT—This article describes the treatment of an Odilon Redon chine collé lithograph, L'Art Celeste. The paper sheets, already partially detached, were separated in a stain removal treatment. During treatment the sheets changed in size and shape so significantly that realignment of the image, which extended onto the plate paper, became a problem. A conventional approach to reattachment proved unsuitable because the two papers were unusually dimensionally unstable and reactive to moisture. By using a combination of flattening techniques, a method was devised to selectively expand and contract the two paper sheets involved in order to regain alignment of the image components. Then a “dry” adhesion procedure, using Klucel G in ethanol, was developed to adhere the sheets together, preserving the alignment already achieved. These methods may also have application in the treatment of other moisture-sensitive paper objects.
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