TREATMENT OF A FLOOD-DAMAGED OIL PAINTING ON A SOLID SUPPORT
DAVID C. GOIST
ABSTRACT—The following paper describes the treatment of an oil painting on fiber-board severely damaged by water and mechanical force. The results of the exposure to excess moisture necessitated the removal of the original support and the transfer of the paint and ground layers to a new mount. Traditional transfer techniques often include the addition of materials such as an aqueous ground and a fabric support. These added materials could impose their will on a thinly constructed painting producing effects, either during application or aging, alien to the character of the visible surface and the artist's intent. The treatment decided upon employed a system of materials and adhesives of varying solubilities that would provide a new support more in character with the original, provide security for the painting in the handling process, and insure more ease of reversibility in the future.
2. CONDITION PRIOR TO TREATMENT