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Conservation Notes: What’s (literally) behind Belle Époque posters’ longevity

September 3rd, 2014

Théophile Steinlen, Tournée du Chat Noir, 1896. Colour lithograph, sheet: 142 × 98.1 cm (55 7/8 × 38 5/8 in.). Gift from the Donald R. Muller/ Ross R. Scott. Collection through the American Friends of the Art Gallery of Ontario Inc., 2013. © 2014 Art Gallery of Ontario

Théophile Steinlen, Tournée du Chat Noir, 1896. Colour lithograph, sheet: 142 × 98.1 cm (55 7/8 × 38 5/8 in.). Gift from the Donald R. Muller/ Ross R. Scott. Collection through the American Friends of the Art Gallery of Ontario Inc., 2013. © 2014 Art Gallery of Ontario

In a post earlier this year we introduced you to Tessa Thomas, Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Paper Conservation at the AGO. Tessa is currently completing research and treatments on a group of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec posters from the Ross R. Scott and Donald R. Muller Collection. Here is Tessa’s latest update on the progress of the project: Read the rest of this entry »

Conservation Notes: Kress Fellow Tessa Thomas and posters of the Belle Époque

March 19th, 2014

Tessa Thomas and a Toulouse-Lautrec poster.

Tessa Thomas and a Toulouse-Lautrec poster.

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation provides yearly grants to cultural heritage institutions to support a conservation training fellowship; only nine awards for Kress Conservation Fellowships were presented for the 2013/2014 year and the AGO is pleased that the foundation selected us to receive a grant. Maria Sullivan, manager of Conservation at the AGO, calls the fellowship for emerging conservators — administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation — “a unique opportunity for the AGO and for conservation training in Canada.”

“Having a Kress Fellow here in the AGO Paper Conservation Lab is such a wonderful way to engage with our fabulous collection, with dynamic discussion and sharing of conservation principles and techniques within a large collecting institution,” says Joan Weir, the AGO’s conservator, Works on Paper. Read the rest of this entry »

Date with Jane Avril: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Muse

September 3rd, 2013

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril, 1899, brush lithograph, printed in four colours from three stones on paper, 56 x 38 cm. Gift of the Donald R. Muller/Ross R. Scott Collection, 2010. 2010/103.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril, 1899, brush lithograph, printed in four colours from three stones on paper, 56 x 38 cm. Gift of the Donald R. Muller/Ross R. Scott Collection, 2010. 2010/103.

This September our Prints & Drawings department invites you to join them for a Date with Jane Avril: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Muse, the newest edition of its Date with [Art] monthly programming series.

Starting Sept. 4 and each Wednesday throughout the month, stop by the Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre for the Open Door program, running from 1 to 8 p.m. Enjoy tours of the Study Centre and see original prints by Toulouse-Lautrec. Before 5 p.m., you can even ask staff members to bring specific works out out from storage for viewing.

“Date with Jane Avril: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Muse” is also the title of this month’s Second Friday Talk, happening Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. (Study Centre doors open at 10:30 a.m. for viewing works). This is a free talk by one of our wonderful Prints and Drawings volunteers, centred around six original prints by Toulouse-Lautrec, all depicting cabaret performer Jane Avril.

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