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Arthur B. Carles

Harlequin, 19th-20th Century

Charcoal on Paper      


Gift of Edward I. Bernstein


Arthur B. Carles was a 20th century American painter and teacher from Philadelphia. Trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Carles later taught there as well. During his early career, Carles spent time in Paris where he was inspired by modern French painters like Cézanne and Matisse: Carles’ use of color for structure and expression stems directly from their work. His favored subjects included female nudes, florals, and French landscapes, although Carles experimented with cubist color planes later in his career. Carles participated in the 1913 Armory Show in New York and continued working and exhibiting until the 1940s. His last painting, Abstraction, is considered prophetic of the forthcoming Abstract Expressionist style. 

Current Condition of the Artwork:

Masking tape is causing severe discoloration and local deterioration. There is a dark rectangular matte burn from light exposure inside previously removed window matte. Image is slightly smudged and pale.

Conservation Treatment Proposed:

  • Remove deteriorated and discolored masking tape with heat, organic solvents, and/or crepe eraser. The tape may have caused permanent staining to the paper.
  • Humidify and flatten.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

Estimated Cost of Treatment: $700.00