As part of the BNP Paribas for Art programme, BNP Paribas Foundation and BNP Paribas Ireland have provided support to the National Gallery of Ireland for conservation of Claude Monet’s painting ‘Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat’.
‘Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat’ (1874) by Claude Monet (1840-1926), was damaged while on public display in the National Gallery of Ireland on June 29th, 2012. The canvas had been perforated to form an extensive three-branch tear. Fragments of paint and priming layers had also been lost.
Following eighteen months of extensive research, analysis and conservation work, the “Claude Monet Research and Conservation Project” permitted the restoration of the painting, ensuring optimal display at the museum and long-term conservation.
Restoration work lasted one year and was done in the conservation department of the National Gallery of Ireland, with research collaboration from the Research and Restoration Centre of Musées de France. The painting is now once again hanging in the museum, enabling visitors to appreciate its original vibrant luminosity.
The BNP Paribas for Art programme was created in 1994 by the BNP Paribas Foundation to help restore works held by museums. This restoration work is essential to preserve this rich cultural heritage and make it available to current and future generations. In the 20 years since its creation, the program has enabled the restoration of over 200 works from every period of art history.
Photos courtesy Fennell Photography
Pictured (l-r): Sean Rainbird, Director, NGI; Jean-Jacques Goron, Managing Director, BNP Paribas Foundation; and Pearl O’Sullivan, Claude Monet Paintings Conservation Fellow, NGI.