Fine Art Conservation - The Cleaning Process

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Julian Baumgartner of Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration in Chicago documents the process of removing a discolored natural resin varnish from a portrait of twin sisters.
While not meant as an instructional video, Julian discusses some of the approaches to cleaning paintings, why that's necessary, and how one might understand the delicacies and potential issues with such a procedure.
अवधि: 14:50


Vlad Istrate
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13:52 a drop of solvent falls on the cheeck of the right girl and it looks like she's crying
Quartz Diamond
Quartz Diamond - घंटे पहले
whoever painted that predicted the shining
Lord Klefedron
Lord Klefedron - 12 घंटे पहले
yeah, guess he's right, sometimes you just have to dab the swab and there's nothing we can do about it, pretty deep
Alien 0330
Alien 0330 - 19 घंटे पहले
besides the dirt, the painting is in really great shape... must have been pretty easy to finish comparing it to other paintings that are in real bad shape.

loved the video and I'm happy you had a painting to rest a little since you didn't have to scrape or repaint.
Todd Wages
Todd Wages - 2 दिन पहले
You should do an ASMR of a cleaning with whispered explanations and the sounds of the swabs, solvents, etc.
I leave mean comments
I leave mean comments - 2 दिन पहले
You ever clean a Boris Vallejo painting?
Have you ever had a very famous painting brought to you for restoration? Was there ever a time you made a big mistake and there was no coming back? Do you make paintings yourself? And if not why?? If you do can you show us one? Man i should probably be a journalist lol sorry to ask so much XD
Michelle - 2 दिन पहले
when he cleaned the eyes i started tearing up?
MarisaMardell - 2 दिन पहले
Did anyone else keep hearing parts of Music of the Night from Phantom
clayton tansley
clayton tansley - 2 दिन पहले
Very nice restoration! can I ask what solvent you used?
Laura Rogers
Laura Rogers - 2 दिन पहले
I love the video but i find the painting to be displeasing to my eye.
liongurly - 3 दिन पहले
Oh wow, what a wonderful painting. Before the removal they looked like a flat image but after the shading came back in full force. Their eyes look so real
Archades ‘’Apparently a last name is required’
That sounded like a song from phantom in the background.
Carol Haynes
Carol Haynes - 4 दिन पहले
I found the emergence of those faces really moving. Lovely job and great explanation. Thank you.
Catrin Lewis
Catrin Lewis - 4 दिन पहले
I'm wondering if this is an example of what often happened in early America, where itinerant artists would pre-paint the bodies on a variety of panels/canvases, then travel around getting parents to hire him to paint their kids' portraits on them. The heads in this painting are so much livelier and realistic than the bodies in their dresses, which look almost like a cartoon.
Sheila Walker
Sheila Walker - 5 दिन पहले
With this painting it was obvious to me at a glance, and untrained eye, that it was very wrong. The artist had gone into great detail to capture shadows and show the direction of the light yet there were no highlights. Most obvious in the hair. Just a dull drab color. Next, using my forensic training, I noticed something was very wrong, incongruous. The artist was very good at photo realism but the general appearance of the two faces was much too similar. With the great eye for detail as seen in the shadows and direction of the light, something was obscuring the artists vision. Simply compare the two faces analytically. One is much more round, the ears are each unique - similar to fingerprints, and there are subtle differences in the shape of the lips. Lips are almost never perfectly symmetrical. One chin is more pointed, forehead and hairline quite dissimilar. So why would the artist capture all these details yet make the skin tones identical? S/he didn't. As the varnish is removed it's obvious one subject had slightly fairer skin than the other.
Linda Doggett
Linda Doggett - 5 दिन पहले
This is certainly a job that must give great satisfaction, the differences are stunning!
Charles Reece
Charles Reece - 5 दिन पहले
When dealing with a client how is it determined when it is worth the while to restore or dispose or do nothing with a piece of art? And what would those factors be? What a neat thing to do for a living; to be near all hat beautiful art every day! Even the scrapings are full of history.
Aspenit - 6 दिन पहले
Where do you guys think it's made?
I think it was painted in new orleans
Megan Estabrook
Megan Estabrook - 6 दिन पहले
I love how he says ‘this painting arrived in my studio’ like it just appeared on one of his shelves and he was like ‘welp. I guess I have to conserve it’
Sari Everna
Sari Everna - 7 दिन पहले
9:30 "You should see the other guy."
Jasmine Leopard
Jasmine Leopard - 7 दिन पहले
That surface grime was about 5 years away from making those girls a part of a racial scandal
twochaudio mg
twochaudio mg - 7 दिन पहले
that's kind of a creepy painting arm also looks
wrong twins are not happy girls
Let's get that right
Alexis Pablo
Alexis Pablo - 7 दिन पहले
They don't have a souls, they want some to eat
freesimorgh - 8 दिन पहले
What song is playing in the background? I feel like I know it but I can't put my finger on it
misium - 8 दिन पहले
So what are those solvents you use?
Meagan Haynes
Meagan Haynes - 8 दिन पहले
Ok but high key these girls are terrifying no matter what the varnish situation is
Doodle Fawn
Doodle Fawn - 9 दिन पहले
You know, in some ways, the art of conservation makes me kind of sad. How many paintings did we lose to trial and error, trying to figure out the best ways to make sure the painting was clean, and showed the original artist's intent? How many were messed up in the cleaning project because the materials used ruined the types of paints or painting techniques that were used?
ArcDevErik - 10 दिन पहले
Not creepy at all. Would totally hang above bed.
Voqers - 14 दिन पहले
Amazing work that you did!
TrendyFox - 26 दिन पहले
This must be the most satisfying yet stressful job in the world...

*It’s perfect.*
TrendyFox - 26 दिन पहले
Note to self: add a varnish to your art so years later when you die your painting is all over YouTube and you are suddenly super famous for it UwU
Jeanete Jost Collet
Jeanete Jost Collet - महीने पहले
Thanks a lot! It is really nice see the restoration process!
Mama Mia!
Mama Mia! - महीने पहले
Man they went form little Hispanic twins to white chicks
Draco Malfoy
Draco Malfoy - महीने पहले
Dude just took home girls tan away.
ryan marshall
ryan marshall - महीने पहले
Him pulling apart that cotton at the beginning is a visual nightmare for me.
Masked Foxx
Masked Foxx - महीने पहले
These videos make me like to pretend that my art will be preserved after I'm dead.
Graeme Evans
Graeme Evans - महीने पहले
i remember seeing art work like this as a kid and wondering why the artist always used weirdly yellow/brown colours
JiveDadson - महीने पहले
The painting is "Grady's Daughters" - oil on canvas, Jack Torrance (American) 1921
Penfold8 - महीने पहले
It's the twins from "The Shinning!"
claus christensen
claus christensen - महीने पहले
Julian, would you be willing to make a video were you go in to the techniques and the solvents used, or are they a "company secret" from restorer to restorer?
I will never have to work on paintings of any value, but it could be interesting to try working on fleamarket finds or something else of little to no value, just for the leaning experience, and I could only imagine that other vievers came across your channel because they have the same interests.
I understand that you dont run a DIY, channel for good reason, but if you had the time on you hands, I think many vievers would find it interesting to delve more in to the tecniques used.
Laura Ferguson
Laura Ferguson - महीने पहले
Do you find that the same strength of solvent works for all the different pigments used in the painting?
Paeng Fabros
Paeng Fabros - महीने पहले
sir there alternative cleaning materials can be use?
Tehya Bug
Tehya Bug - महीने पहले
Does no one else see that the mouths are ever so slightly off center it’s bugging me
Andrew Donaghy
Andrew Donaghy - महीने पहले
This channel has helped me through so many panic attacks
Mike Beale
Mike Beale - महीने पहले
Thank you, a pleasure to watch you work.
The Owl from Duolingo
The Owl from Duolingo - महीने पहले
Why do their faces look so life like and three dimensional but at the same time their dresses look so flat and bad
joseph gilliand
joseph gilliand - महीने पहले
Those girls do not look happy. I wonder how long they had to sit still . LOL
Mia de Fleur
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That painting has a Shining vibe.
TAEYOUNG OH - 2 महीने पहले
작업과정을 보는게 재밌어요. 멋져요.^ ㅇ^
ptroinks - 2 महीने पहले
Damn, that painting was filthy!
Ramayana Roxas
Ramayana Roxas - 2 महीने पहले
The painting is creepy
copywriter9 Steve
copywriter9 Steve - 2 महीने पहले
Excellent commentary and easy to follow. However, the type of solvent used was not stated. What kind of solvent did you use to remove the grime? Thank you for a very educational video!
Andy Murphy
Andy Murphy - 2 महीने पहले
Our boy julian just hit one million subs!!
busterdougles - 2 महीने पहले
Drinking game. Drink on the word varnish.
Zen is problematic-
Zen is problematic- - 2 महीने पहले
Me:*puts hand on painting*
Me: hehe I'm surface grime
The Farmhouse in the Field
The Farmhouse in the Field - 2 महीने पहले
This is so interesting. In 1987 I went to the Sistine Chapel and they were in the process of cleaning the ceiling. It was amazing to see half of ceiling looking the way we all have perceived it through the years and the other half of what it must have looked like when it was new. You're work reminds me of that. I so appreciate that there are people like you that are bringing back the true image of what the painter wanted to portray when he/she made the work. Thank you.
matty9460 - 2 महीने पहले
Is that music at the start a piano version of music of the night? It sounds so similar
inkyblinky - 2 महीने पहले
This makes me stressed as an artist for so many reasons, including my art ever becoming this yellow, and the fact that people might wanna keep it yellow, and that fact that I am 17 and have never sold or plan to sell a painting any time soo and I should NOT be worrying about stuff like this rn