Clyfford Still, 1946

Before Treatment

After Treatment

Treatment Detail:

Removed fatty acid exudates from the surface of the painting. Fatty acid exudates are common on many of Still’s surfaces, and are inherent to the artist’s technique and nature of his hand-mixed paints.


•Researched artist’s painting practices, and paint formulations, and spoke with other conservators regarding removal of exudates.

•Tested methods and solvent mixtures in small test areas.

•Treated the painting successfully, removing the surface deposits.

•Provided the client with examination and treatment reports, as well as before, during and after treatment photography.

Detail Before

Detail Before

Detail After

Detail After

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