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Sandra Homuth: Morris Louis’ Color Field Painting “number 4-32“. The restoration work on a partial discoloration of an unprimed textile support. Back
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Abstract: Morris Louis (1912-62) was a member of the Washington group of artists called Color Field
Painters. The paintings, known as Color Field Paintings, often show partial brownish
discolorations on the fabric untouched by paint within the area of the tite joint fasteners legs
running at the back side of the canvas. Not only they represent an aesthetic problem but they
also can cause damages of the fabric’s fibres. Several cleaning methods used for textile and
paper restoration have been available to remove the discolorations on the upper margin of the
Color Field Painting “Number 4-32” (1962) of Morris Louis. On the basis of cleaning tests with
dummy canvases the method chosen is the cleaning by suction table that proved to be a
successful and especially mild cleaning method on the dummies and the object.


Keywords: Color Field Painting, Morris Louis, textile support, brownish discolorations, cleaning, cuction table
  • academic institution: Technische Hochschule Köln
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • date:  2004
  • pages:  187
  • pictures:  41
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