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56. These three portraits are owned by the West Bend Art Museum, West Bend, Wisconsin. The charming left image is by Alexander Marquis (1829-1884). Marquis was born in Glasgow, Scotland and probably studied painting at the Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. By the time he reached his early 20's, he emigrated to Milwaukee, where he offered private art lessons and painted more than 300 portraits of Wisconsinites. The unusual central portrait of the artist's wife is by Robert Heuel (1857-1931). The image is painted on a circular bowl. The right painting is by Robert Schade (1861-1912). His "Still-Life was represented on Page 9, No.37.
           

A. Marquis "Port. of E. Ganson"
H. 18 1/2" X W. 15 1/2"--1855

R. Heuel "Port. of Ida Heuel"
20" Diameter--ca.1890

R. Schade "Port. of Mrs. Peachy
H. 42 1/2" X W. 35 1/2"--1908

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57. After completing two Altens for Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Director elected to send in two additional paintings for treatment. The left image is a recreation of a Dutch genre scene. The right "Temptation" is coated with four different layers of varnish. Cleaning will offer a dramatic resurrection and return the composition to an illusion of three-dimensional space.
Artz "Evening Meal"
H. 38" X W. 26" Before Treatment

Unsigned "Temptation Scene"
H. 20" X W. 25"
18th Century--Before Treatment

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Detail Sky During Cleaning


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Roger Brown "Gorgeous Gorge" 1973
H. 72" x W. 54" After Treatment
58. This painting is titled, "Gorgeous Gorge." The painting was completed by Chicago artist Roger Brown. Earlier Brown treatments were reviewed on Page 6. The title is somewhat amusing for Brown must have been taken with the name of a TV wrestler in the late1950's, Gorgeous George. The giant of a man had long flowing blonde hair and woe to he who pulled it.
           
           

59. The Oregon Public Library, the Eagle's Nest Art Colony and Charles Francis Brown (1859-1920) have been well reviewed throughout this site. (See Page 3 and 7) Browne's abilities to capture light and space in the best of American Impressionist traditions has been completely veiled by the overlaying varnish on this oil on canvas painting. Removing the discolored film will return the intended palette and space. The scene is typical of Browne's best work.
Charles Francis Browne "Peaceful Valley"
H. 45" X W. 36" Before Treatment

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After Rubens "Adoration Scene"
H. 36" X W. 31" Before Treatment
60. High moisture levels may cause a painting to discolor and turn white. Flood conditions can cause this as well as well-intentioned home "cleanings." Applying a damp cloth to a paint surface may result in a blooming effect. Remnants of cleaning compounds can also leave a residual white film. These visual problems are usually more noticeable in the darks. This "Adoration" scene suffers from these conditions. The paint surface is mottled throughout. Careful removal of the aged varnish and encrustations will return the proper appearance.


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