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Sitting Nude

Willy Jaeckel

Sitting Nude, 19th-20th Century

Ink on Cardstock


Willy Jaeckel was a 20th century German painter and printmaker living in Berlin throughout World Wars I and II. His early work is considered part of the German Expressionist movement and was often suppressed for anti-war sentiments. Although drafted during World War I, Jaeckel was given a leave of absence to paint and turned to academics following the war. He studied religious, theosophical, and philosophical concepts before taking a professorship at the Staatliche Kunsthochschule in Berlin, where Jaeckel taught and painted through 1943. His later work moves toward a brooding realism, concentrating on still-lifes, portraits, and moody female nudes, much like this drawing of a Sitting Nude. His work was included in the Entartete Kunst, or Degenerate Art show of 1937 and Jaeckel was dismissed from his teaching position by the Nazis until student protests forced him to be reinstated. Jaeckel’s studio was bombed in 1943, effectively ending his career as the artist himself died in a bombing raid in 1944. 

Current Condition of the Artwork: 

The poor quality cardstock is severely compromised by improper attachment to very deteriorated window matte. Breaks and poor mending with bad quality tapes are adversely affecting the condition of the cardstock.

Conservation Treatment Proposed:

  • Remove window matte by carefully thinning it from the front. The final layers of matte material and adhesive residues will be reduced with controlled applications of moisture.
  • Remove tapes and reduce residual adhesive as much as possible, with heat, organic solvents, and/or crepe erasers. It is likely that local staining from the tapes will remain after tape removal.
  • Mend broken corners with Japanese paper and wheat starch paste.
  • 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:   $2,700.00