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Sandra Schäfer: E. W. Nay – Blauflut. The phenomen of separating paint layers in matte paint areas – an analysis of painting technique and causes of damages, development of a consolidation method. Back
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Abstract: The painting technique of the important artist E. W. Nay (1902-1968) and his favourite paint
material - Schall artists’ oil paints - have up to now not been examined closely. An analysis of
the materials used for painting Blauflut (Museum Ludwig, Köln) showed, that severe damages in
the paint layers - like drying cracks, flaking paint and binding medium migrating from paint films
as a result of disturbed drying processes - can in part be attributed to the use of a mixture of
gum arabic- and oil-based paints, possibly as a gum tempera. In addition to a consolidation
technique for the highly sensitive matte and brittle paint layers a backing-system was developed
to support stretcher and canvas of the large size painting.


Keywords: E. W. Nay, painting technique, Schall artists’ oil paints, gum arabictempera, drying disturbances, flaking paint, matte paint surface, consolidation of paint layers
  • academic institution: Technische Hochschule Köln
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Dipl.-Rest. Hans Portsteffen
  • assistant Tutor:  Dipl. Rest. Petra Demuth
  • date:  2005
  • pages:  180
  • pictures:  85
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