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Van Goghs flowers turn grey

  1. Sep 16, 2012 #1
    from old age, maybe but also due to a chemical reaction between the paint and the varnish

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    How can this be restored?
     
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  3. Sep 16, 2012 #2

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    They already suggested varnish replacement, didn't they?
     
  4. Sep 17, 2012 #3
    sure, but will the reacted paint also disappear with removing the varnish?
     
  5. Sep 17, 2012 #4

    Borek

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    No idea. If the pigment is not removed, its discoloration should not change. Selectively removing lead from the pigment can be difficult (although it doesn't have to be impossible, a lot depends on the exact composition of all substances involved).
     
  6. Sep 17, 2012 #5
    Right, maybe it has to be restored with square mm's at the time, which may take months if not years. A bit weird considering that Vincent van Gogh painted oh several dozens paintings a month with a peak of 80, the month before his death
     
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