New Day, 1954
Oil on Canvas
Gift of Benjamin D. Bernstein
Conserved in 2011-2012 with Support from the Stockman Family Foundation
Condition of the Support Prior to Treatment (2009): The canvas plane had become slightly distorted by the heavy application of paint, but this was not detectable from the front. The canvas appeared to be sound and well attached to the stretcher.
Condition of the Paint Layer Prior to Treatment (2009): The paint layer was, for the most part, well preserved. There were isolated areas of flaking paint in the oranges, cherries, upper right, red, background and in the black stripe to the left of the scale. There were relatively minor abrasions and chips at the edges.
Conservation Treatment (2012): Insecure paint was consolidated with Beva 371 conservation adhesive and set in place with localized heat and pressure. Surface grime was reduced with appropriate cleaning agents. A very thin, layer of Acryloid B-72 was applied overall to slightly saturate the paint layer but still maintain the variable surface sheen overall. Paint losses were filled with pigmented microcrystalline wax. Paint losses were inpainted with pigments in PVA AYAA/AYAC (polyvinyl acetate, Union Carbide). The conservation treatment was completed by independent paintings conservator Steven B. Erisoty.