Help me clean and value my great grandfather's California Impressionist oil paintings.
June 13, 2008 10:13 AM Subscribe
How should I best clean and care for my great grandfather's oil paintings?
posted by maniactown to Media & Arts (6 answers total)
I inherited a dozen or so of my great grandfather's oil paintings from the early- to mid-Sixties. Many of the paintings are very dirty either from long term storage or from decades of hanging in the homes of heavy smokers. I'd like to restore, or at least minimally clean, these paintings. Professional conservation, which could cost well over $10k, is not an option at this time.
As an add-on to the main question: What can I do to ascertain the value of these paintings? I currently don't know too much about my great grandfather's late-blooming art career (most of the relatives on that side are long dead). I think his paintings are part of the very-popular-with-collectors "California Impressionism" school, although he might have been a latecomer by the early-60s. He painted mostly impressionist Southern California landscapes with some oddball Northern California, Oregon and Korean subjects thrown in. I think my family still owns most of his maybe 25 paintings, although I have heard that he had traded with some contemporary artist friends.