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Portrait of J. Bloch's Father

Julius Bloch

Portrait of J. Bloch's Father, 1937

Ink and Wash on Paper


Gift of Benjamin D. Bernstein 

Julius Bloch was a Jewish, German-born artist who established himself in Philadelphia. A long-time professor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Bloch emphasized a need to know life in order to depict it in art. His work is typically classified as social realism, depicting the plight of the poor and oppressed. Bloch is particularly well-known for depicting the emotional strains of the working class and received national attention for his work during the Great Depression.

Current Condition of the Artwork: 

The sketch paper is attached to the secondary wove paper mount with two ½” loops of masking tape. The masking tape adhesive is embedded in paper & visible from the front. Accession number, written on back of primary paper is visible on front and is located in the hair of the portrait. There are scattered small stains and accretions on both papers. The mount does not appear to be original.

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • Clean surface/remove accretions from non- image areas of paper.
  • Remove sketch from secondary mount paper. Retain mount paper and returned to Client.
  • Remove masking tapes, reduce adhesive, and minimize staining as much as safely possible, without disrupting the media.
  • Humidify and flatten slight distortion from the tape attachments.
  • 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