Friday, March 19, 2010

Restoration Blog for Van Gogh's The Bedroom

"Much to the dismay of visitors to the Van Gogh Museum The Bedroom is no longer on display. The museum waited as long as they could to allow restoration techniques to improve but it has been taken out of the collection for full restoration." ArtLA News

"Van Gogh's own title for this composition was simply The Bedroom (French: La Chambre à coucher). There are three authentic versions described in his letters, easily discernible from one another by the pictures on the wall to the right." wikipedia

Starting! by Ella Hendriks, 12 Mar 2010
"The bedroom has been removed from its frame, and awaits me in the restoration studio. I am eager to get started on this restoration! Not long after my appointment as head of conservation at the Van Gogh Museum in 1999, I was given the file on this painting. I read that the painting has been on the list of works awaiting restoration since the 1980s. Still, it’s a good thing that we waited, since the research techniques available to us now have taught us far more than would have been possible twenty years ago."