Assessing the Varnish on Monet's Fishing Boats

In preparation for Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, senior paintings conservator Pam Skiles and DAM director Christoph Heinrich look at the varnish on Monet's Fishing Boats. Impressionists, including Monet, preferred matte finishes on their paintings, but art dealers often thought a matte painting looked unfinished. Watch this video to learn more about some of the considerations that go into conserving paintings like Waterloo Bridge and Fishing Boats.

See both paintings and about 120 others in Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature (October 21, 2019-February 2, 2020).

Carleen Brice is content manager in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. Every day at the museum she is reminded of this quote by Maya Angelou: "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."