Before and after: back to a sunny jardin

Removing the yellow smoke soot from a oil painting by van Bloem. The first picture is the cleaned version, the second picture prior to the cleanup.

Another cleaning job. The painting was dirty but I have seen much worse. The cleaning went smoothly, the size of the painting being the biggest challenge here. This is a gorgeous painting by “ van Bloem”, a relatively unknown painter since he was primarily someone operating in the margins of the art business as a dealer in art and seller of art supplies. He also organized creative trips for artists and owned a hotel at one point where many artist stayed over. We can see here, that it’s a shame that he did not paint more himself.

I wonder if he ever met Van Gogh?

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