JAIC 1999, Volume 38, Number 1, Article 4 (pp. 33 to 44)
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Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
JAIC 1999, Volume 38, Number 1, Article 4 (pp. 33 to 44)

BIERSTADT'S LATE PAINTINGS: METHODS, MATERIALS, AND MADNESS

DARE MYERS HARTWELL



4 CONCLUSIONS

It seems apparent that throughout the 1880s Bierstadt experimented with materials and techniques in a manner not evident in the more technically orthodox paintings of his heyday. Furthermore, his choice of materials during this period has sometimes had a deleterious effect on the appearance and condition of his paintings today. It seems likely that his experimentation with materials arose at least in part out of a concern for the preservation of his paintings, but in some cases the effect has been just the opposite.


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