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Degas pastels: problems with transport and examination and analysis of materials

1993

Abstract

Nine Degas pastels were examined by conservators before and after transport by air‐ride vehicle to two exhibition venues. In this paper, Degas’ technique and the fragility of his pastels are discussed. Forces likely to be encountered in transit are outlined, and procedures taken to protect the pastels are described. Pastel loss was sustained. Causes of the damage are discussed; static charge generated by protective low‐tack tape on glazing was responsible in most cases. One pastel on a stretched support also demonstrated vibration‐related damage. Recommendations are given for future transport of pastels. Pastel dislodged in transit provided material for microscopical and EDX analysis from eight works. Results are presented, and related to published analyses. The conservation of the works is described in the appendix.

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