The Claude Monet Research & Conservation Project

Claude Monet (1840 – 1926), ‘Argenteuil Basin with a single Sailboat’, 1874 NGI.852. Image of the painting, post conservation, June 2014. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.
Claude Monet Research & Conservation Project

The Claude Monet Research and Conservation Project

The Claude Monet Research and Conservation Project began in June 2012 after the painting Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat, (1874) by Claude Monet was damaged while on public display. The canvas had been perforated to form an extensive three-branched tear. Fragments of paint and priming layers had also been lost from around the site of the damage. The aim of the Project was to professionally conserve and restore the damage, returning the painting to hang in the Gallery in a repaired and stable condition. On 1 July 2014, following the successful completion of the project, the painting went back on display in the Gallery.

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Monet's Painting Technique

Monet’s painting technique

Technical examination of Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat  has revealed a painting technique typical of Impressionist style which was pioneered by Monet.

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The conservation process

Monet's painting materials

Monet’s choice of materials in Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat reflects a range of what was newly available to artists in nineteenth century France.

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Sponsors & Acknowledgements

Our Sponsor

This research and conservation project has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of BNP Paribas and the Paribas Foundation. 

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Acknowledgements

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