Light bleaching: Conservation of Picasso print


  • Owner: Private collector
  • Object: Print (etching and burin). “Torero y caballo pisoteados por el toro” (Bullfigther and horse trampled by bull) from the print series Tauromaquia. Unlettered proof.
  • Author: Pablo Picasso.
  • Date: 1929.
  • Damages: Yellowing, oxidation staining (passe-partout shaped on the paper), tapes.
    It is most common to find the stain of a diverse ageing on one surface. In this case, the one under the passe-partout has had a higer oxidation (outer square, much darker).
  • Conservation treatment: Tape removal, wet cleaning, light bleaching, flattening under tension. Light bleaching does not make the paper whiter than it had already been, hence the result after the treatment equals the uneven oxidation of paper and whitens the whole artwork to its original brightness. The flattening under tension guarantees that the imprint is not altered.
  • Housing: Custom-made housing for storage and exhibition. It can be used aither as a folder (with a conservation board under, and lighter conservation cardboard on top) or as a framing support, simply folding the cardboard behind. Mounting of the artwork on the conservation board is made with japanese tissue strips.
  • Conservators: Rita Udina.
  • Other links: Instagram (below), or other light bleaching examples.

Before and after light bleaching (conservation of Picasso print)Conservation housing for Picasso print, storage and exhibition

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?? Bull fighting oxidation damages ??? on the conservation treatment of a print by #Picasso . Happy to have such a nice artwork, and proud of the outcome after #lightbleaching ? . We did #taperemoval , #wetcleaning , #deacidification , #flatteningUnderTension and housing as well ?. Swype to see the #beforeandafter, and ?? Check link in Bio for more details. . . ?? Aquí, toreando los daños provocados por la oxidación, ???con la restauración de un #grabado de Picasso. Contenta de tener una obra tan bonita, y feliz con el resultado del #blanqueosolar ?. También ha habido #eliminaciónDeAdhesivos , #limpiezaacuosa , #desacidificación , #AplanadoPorTensión y montado para exposición ?. Desplaza la imagen para ver el #antesydespués ?? pincha el enlace de la bio para más detalles. . . ℂ??.: Aquí, torejant els danys provocats per la oxidació???amb la restauració d'un #gravat de Picasso. Contenta de tenit una obra tan bonica, i feliç amb el resultat del #blanqueigsolar ?. També hi ha hagut #eliminacióAdhesius , #netejaaquosa , #desacidificació , #AplanatPerTensió i muntat per a #exposició ?. Desplaça la imatge per a veure l' #abansidesprés ?? fes clic a l'enllaç de la bio per a més detalls . . . #paperconservation #restauracióndepapel #restauraciódegravats #restauracióndegrabados #restauraciódepaper #restauracióndepapel #tauromaquiapicasso #restauraciondepapel #printconservation

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