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Video: A Thousand and One Swabs—The Transformation of <em>Paris Street; Rainy Day</em>

Video: A Thousand and One Swabs—The Transformation of Paris Street; Rainy Day

When conservator Faye Wrubel examined Caillebotte's masterpiece Paris Street; Rainy Day in the Art Institute's conservation studio after it had traveled from Paris to New York and back to Chicago in the exhibition Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, she discovered, among other things, that the varnish had yellowed over the decades, significantly altering the painting. Watch as Faye's deft touch, hard work, and expertise return the painting—and Paris—to the artist's original vision.



19th century, conservation, French, Impressionism, painting
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