Technique and condition

A study for the painting I am the Abyss and I am Light (Tate Gallery N04396), on a white wove paper support, attached to a laminate woodpulp board. Executed as a preparatory sketch initially in pencil and then painted, with broad applications of gouache as wash and impasto. Some pencil lines have been strengthened with the addition of black chalk.

The study is in good condition, with some discolouration to the paper support and areas of darkened chrome yellow paint.There is evidence of flaking paint in localised areas which require consolidation. On acquisition the woodpulp board was removed and the painting remounted onto museum board.

Calvin Winner
November 1997