Found this via Modern Art Notes and my morning perked up instantly. The Van Gogh Museum is apparently running a mini-site and blog for the restoration of the first and original copy of Van Gogh’s The Bedroom. They’ve got a history on the piece, a glorious full-size image of it, an examination of it’s condition, and have begun blogging the whole restoration process.
Now, anyone who knows me knows I get into art criticism and history only casually, I like knowing enough to get by and I figure the rest is in a book and I’ll look it up as it becomes relevant/as my interest swings to a particular style. I’ve always been something of a bad art student in this regard. That said, the process by which a painting is restored has always fascinated me (not enough to pursue it as a field, mind you), and there’s no denying the Van Gogh was an early influence on me as an artist and my current style of working owes a lot to that early influence. So, this will be especially exciting for me to watch.
So, hit the external link below to head over to the mini-site yourself. I just added it to my feed reader so I don’t miss a thing.