Cleaning a 1920's Oil Painting by Early California Impressionist Master Granville Redmond - A New Find and Startling Results!
Cleaning an Oil Painting by Early California Impressionist Master Granville Redmond A New Find and Startling Results!Vintage oil paintings by Granville Redmond are some of the most soughtafter highly esteemed early California arts collated internationally. Becausehe is so well known, its amazing to me when a new painting that no one hasever seen surfaces… usually “dug up” by an art dealer who knows how to dohis research and find such things. Here is a newly found gem… Badly in need of cleaning/removal of the discolored varnishWell, this dark landscape may not seem like a gem to you but the new ownerknew before hand what this picture is supposed to look like when thedarkened, yellowed varnish is removed. That is a kind of an inner gift somepeople have; to look past the grunge, mold, grime of the ages (some dealersromantically call it “Titian’s Dirt”) to see what things are supposed to look
like once they are cleaned and restored. That’s where the money can bemade too, as a dealer. When its ugly, they buy low, and when its gorgeous,they sell high. Here’s the painting during the art conservation cleaning: The varnish removal should never endanger the original paint.There are a couple of reasons I’m showing this to you, assuming you are acollector, curator, vintage art lover: once you start feeling at home with theaesthetics, history and market of a certain style and period of art, then thenext level deeper in your knowledge should be to know more aboutcondition of the artwork which will open your knowledge about fakes,poorly restored items and appraisal values. While authenticity stories usuallyinterest everyone, very few people know any details of how to know andwho to ask. Figuring out the condition of artwork is a major factor indetermining value and authenticity. As you might guess, the older theartwork, the more tangled and convoluted the web of provenance, conditionand authenticity can get. OK, maybe I’m getting off track here. We startedthis blog post talking about a new find of a previously unknown paintingfrom around 1920 by Granville Redmond. In this case, the dealer/researcherwho found and purchased te artwork knew the difference between needing aclean and the painting having a condition problem. In other words, eventhough he knew it needed to be cleaned, he knew it was in wonderful
original condition. Kudos to Greg Colley at California Art Company for thefind! His website is http://www.californiaartcompany.com. Here’s what itlooks like cleaned: 1920s oil painting by Granville Redmond cleaned of its old discolored varnishI love his paintings that have moons, suns etc. in them. Despite Redmond’sfame with poppies, lupines and wonderful colors, this Tonalist picture isactually a type of painting or mood that he was famous for. In fact, his firstart show medal (2nd place) was for a Tonalist beach scene. I also like thelittle light flickering in the window of the boat.If you would like to begin to delve into a deeper world of knowledge ofcondition and discovering the hidden details of restoration as you look at artand evaluate before you buy, then perhaps you will appreciate the followingIMPORTANT, USEFUL, 3 tips:
I had a client who was well experienced but he relied only upon “hiseye.” That is, he thought he could see everything because he was soexperienced in looking at art (and his ego got in the way). Recently, thisart collector got scammed! See the hidden deception that he NEVER saw … and it cost him BIG TIME (about $35,000!) See 3 1/2 min video at www.tipsforfineartcollectors.or/blacklight-package He could have avoided it! INSPECTING AND EVALUATING A VINTAGE PAINTING (AND MORE!) WITH A UV BLACKLIGHT: REQUIRED Due Diligence For Art Collectors! GOOD CONDITION? RESTORATIONS? VALUE AND APPRAISAL? 3 GOOD TIPS FOR ART COLLECTORSEvery art collector questions the condition before a purchase… or should!Art dealers and auction house personnel, art appraisers, insurance claimadjusters also rely on accurate evaluations and inspections that wouldbenefit from the expertise of an art conservatorFirst tip: Ask this question… Does previous art restoration/conservationtreatments affect the condition and value of the item? The answer may bedifferent depending on what professional “job” you have; a collector maylook at an artwork differently than a claims adjuster.Tip Number Two involves another condition question that should always
be asked regarding previous retouching/ inpainting. This diagnosticmethod is not as easy as recognizing purple blotches. How much inpaintingaffects the value? That’s not an easy question to answer and is betteranswered by an appraiser.And that sets me up for a good segue for Tip Number Three: associate withand choose professional “mentors.” Choose an art conservator that adheresto a professional code of ethics. The ethics of professional artconservation do not allow for an art conservator/ restorer to buy, sell orappraise (unless he’s a certified). There are many ways unethical people cantake advantage in the art world. Of course, choosing to associate with themost knowledgeable person will be of the greatest benefit to you. So, find out more about the use of a blacklight… An essential, REQUIRED due diligence step for art collectors! www.tipsforfineartcollectors.or/blacklight-package If you have art conservation questions call Scott M. Haskins 805 564 3438 If you have art and antiques appraisal questions call Richard Holgate at 805 895 5121 Give this blog posting a THUMBS UP and leave a comment, please! To go to the front page of the Tips For Art Collectors website Click here!