Technique and condition
The painting was executed in oil paints and apart from the bright red and orange paint used along the right edge, a very limited palette was used, consisting of white and a black, or dirty earth colours. The paint was applied exclusively by brush, first with a slightly textured white paint, which was then covered with a highly diluted black/dirty earth colour on top. In some areas, this second layer of paint almost has the consistency of a wash. Most of the surface is subsequently very dry and matt in appearance, apart from the thicker bright red and orange paints which have the consistency and surface characteristics more typical of an unmodified oil tube paint.
The painting is not varnished. The painting is still in very good condition, despite the presence of three scratches near the bottom of the painting, each approximately 3 cm long. These were recently repaired and retouched. The presence of a coherent layer of priming or paint on the reverse has given the canvas additional protection against the detrimental effects of the environment. However, in order to give the painting the appropriate level of support and ultimately to prevent the early onset of cracking, the stretcher will be reinforced, perhaps by the replacement of the frame with a stronger one but of similar appearance.