Restoration of Suzanne Bambridge: bright eyes

Published on 03.02.2017

Watch how the eyes of Suzanne Bambridge in Paul Gauguin's masterpiece shine again. We compare her look before and after removing the layers of varnish as well as before and after removing the superfluous layers of paint.

The "Portrait of Suzanne Bambridge" is one of Paul Gauguin's masterpieces. Painted by the artist during his first stay in Tahiti (1891), it is the first (and rare) frontal portrait Gauguin made. This painting suffered a great deal and was damaged by numerous transports, storages and inadequate restorations before it was finally acquired by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in 1923.

The  comparative image clearly demonstrates the evolution of the restoration:

We would like to thank Gingo Community, the Baillet Latour foundation, the Maecenas Circle, Become A Friend and all the crowdfunding donators !