THE TREATMENT OF AN ODILON REDON CHINE COLL� LITHOGRAPH, L'ART CELESTE
ABSTRACT—This article describes the treatment of an Odilon Redon chine coll� lithograph, L'Art Celeste. The paper sheets, already partially detached, were separated in a stain removal treatment. During treatment the sheets changed in size and shape so significantly that realignment of the image, which extended onto the plate paper, became a problem. A conventional approach to reattachment proved unsuitable because the two papers were unusually dimensionally unstable and reactive to moisture. By using a combination of flattening techniques, a method was devised to selectively expand and contract the two paper sheets involved in order to regain alignment of the image components. Then a “dry” adhesion procedure, using Klucel G in ethanol, was developed to adhere the sheets together, preserving the alignment already achieved. These methods may also have application in the treatment of other moisture-sensitive paper objects.
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