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Colour and Conservation: Pigment Analysis

The use of modern domestic pigments, particularly in post-war art, is posing new problems for conservators as artworks begin to show signs of instability and decomposition more quickly than their historical counterparts. Stylus speaks to Valentine Walsh – top art restorer and co-author of the Pigment Compendium – about the scientific, linguistic and historical definitions of colour that are paramount to the restoration practice and the current areas of research that are shaping the industry.

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