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Haitian Village


Haitian Village, 1950

Graphite and White Heightening on Paper


Gift of Ann and Jay Stiefel


Crashel’s 20th century image provides a stylized and colorful look at a quiet Haitian harbor town. The colorful drawing depicts elongated figures participating in daily activities and wearing island clothing. The combination of boats, horizon, water, landscape, and figures creates a calm and peaceful scene for viewers.

Current Condition of the Artwork:

The sketch is mounted to larger board with a thick, heat-setting “dry mount" adhesive-coated paper. The exposed perimeter of the mount board has a heavy, uneven, darkly yellowed, brush-applied shellac-based adhesive that has been dripped or overlapped onto the sketch paper perimeter. There is 1” circular staining in top left and top right indicates that a container (of shellac) was placed on top of sketch paper during adhesive application. There is a 1/8” vertical band of shellac applied over the front left edge, and binding holes, in the sketch paper. A thin line of shellac runs through signature. The paper has uneven, pale, yellowed discoloration throughout. A large portion of the bottom right corner of the mount has been broken and is now detached. A 1” triangular area of the sketch paper is now unsupported by the mount board but is reinforced by the dry mount paper. 

Conservation Treatment Proposed:

  • Reduce shellac-based adhesive from sketch paper as much as possible using organic solvents. Some staining will remain after treatment.
  • Reinforce binding edge of paper with Japanese paper and wheat starch paste.
  • Humidify and flatten paper.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $2,000.00