JAIC 1996, Volume 35, Number 3, Article 1 (pp. 169 to 183)
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Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
JAIC 1996, Volume 35, Number 3, Article 1 (pp. 169 to 183)

ARTHUR B. DAVIES'S MOUNTAIN BELOVED OF SPRING: DETERMINING TREATMENT BY RECONSTRUCTING A PAINTING'S HISTORY

NANCY R. POLLAK


ABSTRACT—In the course of treating Mountain Beloved of Spring, a painting on canvas by Arthur Bowen Davies, it became apparent that the sky was completely overpainted. No history of previous treatment existed, and evidence gleaned from examining the painting indicated that another paint layer had been applied some time after the painting had been completed. The possibility existed that the artist had repainted the sky, although in its present state the sky did not carry the same characteristics as the rest of the image. Historical records and analysis of the painting were used to develop a probable history, including an early photograph that appeared to show the painting prior to the application of the second layer. The evidence that led to the decision to remove the second paint layer and the subsequent treatment are discussed.
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Article Sections:

1. INTRODUCTION
2. DISCOVERY OF THE OVERPAINTED SKY
3. COMPLETION OF TREATMENT
4. CONCLUSIONS
a: References , Author Information
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