Female Nude Standing
Alma Thomas (American, 1891-1978)
Female Nude Standing, Mid-20th century
Oil on Canvas
Gift of Joseph N. Gennett
Conserved in 2013 with Support from the Stockman Family Foundation
Condition Prior to Treatment (2009):
Support Condition: The canvas has become slightly slack and has a slightly uneven, rippled appearance.
Paint Layer Condition: There are fine, broad scale age cracks scattered overall.
Surface Film: The thick, overly shiny, unevenly applied, yellowed varnish covers minor, old, edge damages and seems to have been added a significant time after the painting was completed.
Framing: Small D-rings have been screwed into the stretcher to hang from. The wooden stripping is not structurally joined to hang from and even if joined would be of insufficient strength to hang from. The stripping should be left visible and framed around with a slightly wider, painted, medium/dark grey frame. There is no backing board.
Conservation Treatment (2013):
Additional tacks were added to the tacking edges to better attach the canvas to the stretcher. The slight surface ripples were reduced by slightly keying out the stretcher, but some slight surface distortions remain. The thick, overly shiny, unevenly applied, yellowed varnish was removed or reduced with appropriate cleaning agents. A thin, isolating layer of Acryloid B-72 was applied overall to saturate the paint layer while retaining minimal gloss. Minor paint losses at the edges were filled with pigmented or clear microcrystalline wax. Minor paint losses at the edges were inpainted with pigments in PVA AYAA/AYAC (polyvinyl acetate, Union Carbide).