The actual painting is a lot warmer and more yellow in tone than the catalogue illustration suggests. The single panel is flat and stable. It is bevelled on all sides and reinforced with a batton of approximately 2 cm. in the upper right corner to repair a small crack. The paint surface seems to be in very good condition, although it has grown a bit thin in the lighter areas in the sky and sea. A few surface scratces can be seen in the centre. The impasto in the clouds, in the rocks and in the waves is very nicely preserved. One small spot of paint loss, which has been retouched, is visible to the left along the lower edge. The paint surface is under a slightly yellowed layer of varnish, and there's some surface dirt. Inspection under ultra violet light is partially impeded by the varnish layer, but does confirm the aforesaid retouching, and reveals additional tiny scattered retouchings in the left area in the sky. Offered in a plain wood frame with a gold painted parcel, a few paint losses and tiny holes. (MW)
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