Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom’ Restoration

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The restored painting called ‘The Bedroom’ by Vincent Van Gogh sits on an easel at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday Aug. 27, 2010.

Vincent van Gogh must have been horrified when he returned to his studio from hospital early in 1889 to find one of his favorite paintings damaged by moisture. He pressed newspaper to the canvas to protect it from further deterioration, rolled it up and sent it to his brother Theo in Paris.

Ella Hendriks could still see traces of newsprint when she looked at ‘The Bedroom’ under a microscope, as she picked and scraped at earlier restorations of the canvas and removed yellowing varnish that had been brushed on 80 years ago.

Hendriks has completed a painstaking six-month restoration of the masterpiece, which returns to its place on the wall of the Van Gogh Museum on Friday.

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