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Midnight Serenade

Richard J. Watson

Midnight Serenade, 1992

Gouache on Paper


Purchased with funds provided by the Art Angels

Richard Watson is a contemporary African American artist working in Philadelphia. He was formally trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts as a watercolorist. His work, which centers around issues of social politics from the antiwar and Civil Rights movements of the 1960’s. Watson’s work consists primarily of three themes which the artist claims collage real life and dreams together. These themes include landscapes which invariably include a sharecropper, contemporary women placed in pleasing and romantic scenarios, and a dialogue with Watson’s ancestors. Watson’s later career has been marked by community arts projects, often murals, around the Philadelphia area. He now works as the curator of the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Current Condition of the Artwork:

The painting is executed on acid board that has been firmly mounted, slightly off square to a lavender cardstock and to a third support of mat board. The glue is not identifiable, but appears to be PVA (poly vinyl acetate, or “white” glue). There is a thin band of rubber cement on the front right edge of the lavender board. The painting is in good condition. 

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • Test/remove backing.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

 Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $2,400.00