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In this video, Chief Curator Emily Talbot interviews Laura Rivers, Associate Conservator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, on her treatment of Still Life with Fish and Shrimp

New! A Trio of Treatments: Conserving Manet’s Still Life with Fish and Shrimp

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: Conserving “Still Life with Fish and Shrimp”

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
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