Oil on Canvas

Brightening a Blanke Painting: Marie Blanke, Chicago Artist

Brightening a Blanke Painting: Marie Blanke, Chicago Artist

A painting by early twentieth-century Chicago artist Marie Blanke was significantly brightened after a good cleaning and a fresh coat of varnish. The original canvas, which was deformed and brittle from age, was flattened with a combination of heat, suction, humidity, and weight techniques, and then strengthened by being lined to a prepared canvas. The painting was put back into its original frame, the miters of which were stabilized.

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