Charles Webster asks how the restoration process of Van Gogh’s paintings proceeds. Read on for the answer.
Restoration work is carried out by the Van Gogh Museum’s specialist restorers. A team of experts at various technical institutions and museums also conducts research into the colours Van Gogh originally used in his paintings. The original colours can’t be restored, but it is possible to create a digital image featuring the colours as they would have been applied by Vincent.
For example, in 2015, the Van Gogh Museum collaborated with colour experts at AkzoNobel to restore Field with Irises near Arles. The digital restoration allows us to see how the painting might have looked when Van Gogh painted it in 1888.