Man with a Pipe

18th or 19th Century

Oil on Canvas

Condition:

There were two layers of discolored varnish; a very thick top layer that had turned an amber color and an older layer that had turned yellow.  The canvas was torn in many areas and was falling off of the stretcher bars.  The right edge and several tears had been previously repaired with a self adhesive tape.

Treatment:

The canvas was removed from the stretcher bars and the torn areas and tacking margins were gently flattened.  The canvas was lined onto a new support.  The discolored varnishes were removed one at a time.  Once cleaned, a new varnish was applied to the painting.  The tears and losses were filled and inpainted to match the surrounding areas.  The canvas was then stretched back onto the stretcher bars.  A final varnish was applied to saturate the colors and unify the surface.