Simple Tear Repair

We recently concluded work on an unidentified and unsigned California Impressionist painting bearing remarkable similarities to landscapes created by Marion Ida Kavanagh Wachtel (1870 - 1954) or Hanson Puthuff (1875 - 1972). The painting was presented with substantial surface dirt, a discolored varnish, approximately 21 inches of tears and paint losses and required an extensive intervention concluding with a delightful outcome.

Modesto Texidor y Torres

1854 - 1927

Oil on canvas, 1892

Barcelona, Spain

Commissioned and exhibited in the

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893

Infortunio arrives at the studio/lab

from its home in Healdsburg, CA, with

Tom Bergthold - Master Carpenter

Ashley Moody - Conservation Assistant

Before treatment

After painting & frame treatment

Painting Tear Repair

Featuring Keara Teeter presently

at Winterthur Graduate School

in Art Conservation

Featuring Ian McClure, conservation assistant,

removing an old lining canvas that was glued

to the back of a 19th century oil painting

     19th c. oil on canvas, unknown San Francisco artist. Before treatment.

After cleaning, tear repairs, inpainting, and frame restoration.

Édouard Leon Cortès




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Cortès captured Paris during its heyday and continued this into the 20th century. His beautiful depictions of Paris were in demand and he continued to paint them until his death in 1969. They are now found in the most prestigious collections throughout the world.

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After Treatments


19th century French Impressionist

painting that was damaged in storage

Paintings are often damaged in transport. Consult a conservator before transporting fine art.

This 19th c. iconographic painting was

stored in a shed in Mexico for decades

before resurrection

Anna Marie Probst

Artist unknown

Oil on canvas

19th century

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