Man in a Blue Shirt
Julius Bloch (American, 1888-1966)
Man in a Blue Shirt, 1945
Oil on Canvas
Gift from the Estate of Julius Bloch
Conserved in 2013 with Support from the Stockman Family Foundation
Condition Prior to Treatment (2009):
Paint Layer Condition: There is tented paint and flaking in a 3”w, vertical band of paint that runs from top to bottom, thru the right background, and into his shirt. There is a thin horizontal line of flaking paint running thru his forehead; this flaking is occurring where the name Fields was underlined on the reverse. There is more tenting paint along the leftmost side of his head. There is another diagonal line of flaking in his chest. There are several chips/gouges in the paint layer along the left edge, probably from framing. Ultra violet light reveals old repaint blotches on the leftmost side of his face and neck, above the rightmost shoulder, and in his chest.
Surface Film: The thin layer of natural resin has turned slightly brown with age.
Conservation Treatment (2013):
Insecure paint was locally consolidated with Beva 371 conservation adhesive and set in place with localized heat and pressure. The Beva was applied both from the front and from the reveres. The consolidation greatly reduced the tented appearance of the paint. The thin horizontal line of flaking paint running thru his forehead that was caused by the inscription on the reverse was also consolidated, but remains somewhat tented on the front surface of the paint layer. Letters in the inscription also caused some tenting of paint. Now that the water induced paint tenting has been reduced, paint tenting caused by the inscription is detectable upon close inspection. The grime layer was reduced with the appropriate cleaning agents. The varnish layer was reduced with the appropriate cleaning agents. After the reduction of the varnish, the repaints, which were certainly done by the artist, still maintained a good appearance, so they were left in place. An isolating layer of PVA AYAA (polyvinyl acetate, Union Carbide) was applied overall. Paint losses were filled with pigmented, microcrystalline wax. Paint losses were inpainted with pigments in PVA AYAA/AYAC. A final layer of Beva UVS Finishing Varnish (Regalrez) was applied overall.