Study for Portrait of Neil Welliver
Study for Portrait of Neil Welliver, 1964
Oil on Canvas
Gift of Neil Welliver
Conserved in 2011-2012 with Support from the Stockman Family Foundation
Condition Prior to Treatment (2009): The strip of darker green landscape at lower right had a pronounced contraction cracking. There was a 1” diameter patch of finely cracked paint with a small canvas puncture and visible threads in the upper left background. There were several brownish deposits that were on the canvas surface before the paint was applied that cracked and showed through the paint. There was a small brown drip and some brown debris stuck on the paint surface in the upper left background. There were some small brown spots on the paint surface in the upper left background and in the figure's hair; under ultra violet light these spots glowed quite green. The paint layer is otherwise well preserved.
Conservation Treatment (2012): Insecure paint was consolidated with PVA AYAA (polyvinyl acetate, Union Carbide) and set down with localized heat and pressure. The small canvas puncture was mended from the reverse with Lascaux Canvas Welding Adhesive. Grime and surface spots were removed or reduced with appropriate cleaning agents. The puncture was filled with Dap Spackling Compound. Paint losses were inpainted with pigments in PVA AYAA/AYAC. The conservation treatment was completed by independent paintings conservator Steven B. Erisoty.