Brittle canvas with Bad repairs and backing (part 1)

This pair of oil on canvas paintings has brittle canvas that had been repaired in a rush.
Lets look into the problems they had, in the following pictures:

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These torn canvases were repaired with patches of canvas from back, which were in turn stuck to a wooden board backing. At one place in one of the two canvases, a very rough stitching attempt has been made to keep the broken canvas in place!
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What i understand after observing many paintings in our lab is that the wood(wooden board) stuck to the canvas back accelerates the acidification/ageing of the canvas and hence the brittleness. We carefully removed the wooden back from both the paintings.

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There was a lot of work to be done patiently and time was limited…
(to be continued…)

3 Comments

  1. Have you relined that canvas with linen canvas or some other canvas-material

  2. pasting with what reversible material

  3. with BEVA 371 film

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