Developing a Preservation Strategy for two paintings by Edvard Munch

Haute Heritage’s founder Kamila M. Korbela was just referenced in the recent publication ‘Edvard Munch – Between the Clock and the Bed’ by the brilliant researcher Mille Stein. Prompted by this situation, we would like to point to her contribution to the book ‘Public Paintings by Edvard Munch and his Contemporaries: Change and Conservation Challenges’. Her paper focuses on five paintings by Edvard Munch in the collection of the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen. Two paintings suffered from complex structural problems, as local crack patterns, flaking, and paint loss have been a constant issue, even after repeated selective consolidation. As all treatments have thus been of limited success in the long term, Kamila identified the causes of this recurrent problem in order to develop a strategy to ensure the paintings’ stability in the future. The clarification of structures in the two deteriorated paintings not only helped to substantiate the presumptions about their physical and chemical deterioration, but also complemented the existing body of research into Munch’s oeuvre for an understanding of degradation processes in his paintings.

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As part of the investigation, this Munch painting has been examined in detail, visually and by multispectral imaging techniques. The left photograph shows the same Munch painting in ultraviolet light and the right photograph in strong raking light.

 

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