Our new series on the conservation treatments of the Simon’s three paintings by Édouard Manet continues this week with a close look at Still Life with Fish and Shrimp, painted in 1864. In this video, Chief Curator Emily Talbot interviews Laura Rivers, Associate Conservator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, who worked on the painting in 2018–2019.
As Laura explains, the still life was in exceptional condition when it arrived at the Getty, but a previous cleaning of the picture had focused on the fish alone, leaving the varnish in the background to darken and discolor. The result of Laura’s treatment is a painting that more closely resembles its appearance when it left Manet’s studio.
Watch the Previous Episode: Conserving Manet’s Madame Manet
Chief Curator Emily Talbot interviews Devi Ormond, Associate Conservator of Paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, on the astonishing results of removing the discolored varnish and gratuitous retouching in Manet’s Madame Manet (1874–1876). | WATCH
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Norman Zammitt (American, b. Canada, 1931–2007) explored “the progression of color” in his art. In his painting Buffalo Blue from 1977, we see meticulous bands of gradating color that recall the light and landscape of Southern California and evoke an ethereal luminosity. In this meditation, take a moment to experience the shifts of light and color at sunset. | MEDITATE
Art-Making Activity: Year of the Ox Puppet
Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Ox—an animal that symbolizes prosperity through courage and hard work—with this puppet-making project. Gather inspiration from the oxen carrying cargo along Japan’s historic Tōkaidō road in the woodblock print Otsu: Hashirii Tea House by Andō Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858). Then create a moveable ox puppet using cardboard and collage. | CREATE
What We’re Watching: A Craft of the Future Past
Collections Coordinator Andrea Cook writes, “The UCLA/Getty Conservation program hosts the webinar series Conservation Conversation, where I recently watched Brittany Nicole Cox, an antiquarian horologist and dynamic objects conservator, present on her practice. I was fascinated by her expertise in such a specialized area. A Craft of the Future Past: Mastering Antiquarian Horology is a delightful 3-minute video that offers a glimpse into her work.” | WATCH
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