Julian Baumgartner

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Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration - the oldest and now second generation fine art conservation studio in Chicago. Established in 1978. info@bfar.com

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Hello Monday! It’s been a busy day thus far hence the late post... want to know what what gives a conservator nightmares... unprimed cotton canvas + impasto-free paint + solid color field + multiple vertical slashes. This one is going to make me earn it. That’s ok, I like the challenge! #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar
Looking for some feedback to either reinforce or reframe my preconceived notions on how people choose a service provider- in particular a specialized service, you know like cobbler, milliner, or say, an art conservator 😉. Thanks in advance.
It’s important to gather as much information about a painting before proposing any conservation work. His includes research, tests and visual examinations using different light wavelengths.  Here’s a brief look at what UV light can show us. In this case we’re looking at old, yellowed damar varnish and how it appears under both visual light and UV.  #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar #uv #blacklight #uvlight #varnish
This one!  There are some mediums and colors that are just incredibly difficult to reproduce. Here the artist @vidvudsz used both gouache and acrylic and has areas of matte and satin. This presents a few problems: first the color palate is crazy luminous and really difficult to match and second, the painting cannot be varnished as that will unify the surface sheen and negate the deliberate choice of mixed shreds the artist created. In the end I chose to use gouache to retouch this piece as it matches the matte surface and the vibrancy of the original paint. This one made me work for it though! #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar
My apologies to all the frame conservators in advance. I’m by no means an ace frame conservator- in fact I almost never do it because I’m not setup for it and I don’t like to do it but every now and then for a good client I will try. One day I may just have to hire a frame conservator as I get so many inquiries for this service and have yet to find someone capable. #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar
Some days you just have to cut a painting. Relax relax, the artist left excess Masonite when he painted the work and that excess material makes it impossible to frame so it’s being removed. The artist left crop marks too 😁 #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar
And another time lapse cleaning.  I get such a kick out of seeing what the painting truly looks like. The only downside to these videos is that sometimes my clients see them on IG before they pick up the paintings so the wow factor is muted. Oh well 😉 #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar
It’s Monday morning and I’m up to my neck is cleanings.  #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar
Linseed oil. Again. This painting has a lot of issues- tears, flaking paint and water damage but the one that presents the largest challenge is the thick coating of dried and yellowed linseed oil. I will be able to remove it because I know what to do but damn, this would be so much easier (and cheaper for my client!) if the oil were just an old varnish. Oh well, just another day here. #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar
Three paintings by Morley Hicks came in this week.  At first glance they look like they’re in need of a good cleaning and they are! The complication comes in the form of what is making them look so dark and yellow. Unfortunately this is a case of linseed oil. Normally I would be able to employ some tricks and techniques to remove the dried oil but in this case the underlying paint is so fugitive and vulnerable that the tests I’ve made reveal that any attempt to remove the oil will result in the loss of paint and that’s not acceptable. So unfortunately at this time there’s nothing I can do for these pieces. This is one thing that I have often struggled with; the desire to always achieve a positive result for my clients. It’s difficult to turn away work but knowing when it’s not worth the time or labor is critical to running a business. There’s no way that the client will pay what it would cost to do these if they could be done and I’m not interested in attempting something that I know won’t turn out well for a bargain. It may sound crass but that’s the truth. #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar
Remember that crate from yesterday; well, I opened it and... of course it was full of paintings!  The funny thin is that this morning I received an email from one of the companies with whom I work letting me know that they had sent the crate. The email was prompted by seeing my photo on Instagram... so, yay for social media, and hi! (you know who you are 😜) everything arrived safe and sound and I’ll try and get the paperwork out in the next few days. #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar
Octagon shaped painting meet octagon shaped strainer. #artrestoration #artconservation #restoration #conservation #art #fineart #painting #canvas #oilpaint #chicago #paintingconservation #arthistory #paintingrestoration #bfar