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Restoration of two important works from the Mesdag Collection of The Hague reveals new stories

Two important paintings from the Mesdag Collection, Tow Path on the Banks of the Oise by Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1889) and Autumn by Jules Dupré (1811-1889), have returned home after intensive research and restoration at the J.P. Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Before the restoration, both paintings were seriously discoloured. Now, however, the depth and the use of colour have been restored to their former glory. A tear found in the canvas of the Daubigny painting was also successfully restored, while maintaining the integrity of the work. The severely yellowed varnish layer on both canvasses was removed. After this restoration, the full beauty of the works was shown again in a small presentation at the Mesdag Collection.