Date(s) - 14/03/2017
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Art Workers’ Guild
The paintings of Joshua Reynolds often present challenges for conservators. Reynolds’s use of materials, such as wax and varnish, frequently led to cracking and instability. His portraits have become notorious for their faded faces, which were noted even within the artist’s lifetime. This talk will draw on recent technical investigation into Reynolds’s materials and technique, alongside art historical research, to give an overview of the artist’s painting practice. At the same time, it will consider how Reynolds’s studio assistants and pupils were employed in Reynolds’s studio and what they knew of his experimentation.
Alexandra Gent is a PhD candidate at the Courtauld Institute of Art, supervised by Aviva Burnstock, David Solkin and Joyce Townsend. Her thesis will examine repetition and replication in Joshua Reynolds’s studio practice. Prior to starting her doctoral research she was paintings conservator for the Wallace Collection’s Reynolds Research Project and co-curator of the exhibition Joshua Reynolds Experiments in Paint. Alexandra trained as a paintings conservator in Australia and has worked for Tate, the National Galleries of Scotland and English Heritage, as well as in private practice.
Entry is free of charge to members of the BAPCR (but please email BAPCRsecretary@gmail.com to let Gemma know that you will be attending), and £10 for non-members. Wine and soft drinks will be available to purchase before and after the talk.