Preventative Conservation

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.

The conservation treatment of Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat also involved stabilization and preservation of the object for the future. To reduce exposure of the painting to environmental fluctuations, a climate box was constructed. This involved fitting the original frame with low reflective, ultraviolet-filtered glass and inserting a conservation-grade, solid support behind the painting to minimise movement of the canvas. A pre-conditioned humidity buffer also was included in the climate box. Finally a backing board was fitted onto the frame build-up and sealed with inert aluminium tape. These preventive measures will help to preserve the painting and lining materials in their current condition allowing for safer handling and movement of the painting.

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