Pioneers by Minerva Teichert is actually part of a pair of huge paintings that hang in the LDS Museum of Church history and Art. This painting on canvas reflects the great quality of early Mormon art by the turn of the century artists in this group.
Previously restored, the painting was showing signs of problems: bubbles or areas lifting as it was glued down to plywood! You may ask, “What is wrong with mounting a painting to plywood… or Masonite? Well, plywood and Masonite are both very acidic materials, are considered super non archival, and cause the accelerated deterioration (embrittlement) of canvas and paper. Add to that poor choice of material, the use of “permanent” glues (like all the construction grade products) and you have a real preservation mess on your hands.
We assume this painting was previously cleaned too… but here’s our cleaning test:
As I write this, we are removing the painting VERY CAREFULLY from the plywood and scraping the adhesive that is stuck to the back of the canvas off.
More later on the update of the art conservation treatments… and maybe we’ll make a short video of the art restoration treatments. Stay in touch.
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