"This prestigious award from The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) will enable National Museum Wales to restore and then re-introduce Manet’s Portrait of Monsieur Jules Dejouy to the public after more than 90 years. As a registered charity, we are extremely grateful to TEFAF for their support and would also like to thank the Friends of the Museum and The Finnis Scott Foundation for their contributions.” Said David Anderson, Director General Amgueddfa Cymru—National Museum Wales. "Amgueddfa Cymru houses one of the world’s great collections of nineteenth and early twentieth-century French art, thanks to the generous bequests of the sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies. Manet’s portrait of Jules Dejouy will be very much at home here."
“The painting is currently under a veil of surface dirt and discolored varnish. Removing these will likely recover the subtlety in the painting and also resaturate the image to recover a sense of depth.” Said Adam Webster, Chief Conservator Art, Natural Sciences & Presentive Conservations at National Museum Wales, “Another important aspect of this project is the technical examination using ultraviolet light, raking light, infrared reflectography, and x-radiography. These should give fresh insights into Manet’s working methods, for example in compositional changes and the painting process. Examination of pigments and layer structure with microscopy will also contribute to this and contribute to the body of knowledge existing on Manet’s technique.”
“Partnering with National Museum Wales on this project of discovery, scholarship, and conservation is a privilege and a pleasure,” said Ashok Roy, former Director of Science and Collections at the National Gallery in London and TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund Committee Member. “The TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund is honored to help preserve this important, and up until now, little-known picture by a cherished artist for generations to come.”
The TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund was established in 2012 in order to support and promote the professional restoration and related scholarly research of significant museum artworks. Championing art in all its forms, applications for its grants are open to museums from all over the world and artworks from any age. Each year, a maximum of € 50,000 will be allocated to projects. The Committee of independent experts usually selects two winners to receive each a maximum of € 25,000 to support their restoration project.
The second winner of this year’s TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund is The Beirut Glass Project, a collaboration between the British Museum and the American University of Beirut. The TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in Maastricht in 2022. Since the founding of the fund, almost 20 museum projects have been supported. Please find more information on past projects on TEFAF Stories.
Eight ancient glass vessels which were severely damaged in the Beirut port explosion in Lebanon and a Manet painting in one of the best impressionist collections outside of France. These are winners of the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund 2021. Curators and restorers will go into a live conversation to discuss the challenging projects, the restoration ahead during TEFAF Online 2021, on September 10, from 7-8 pm CET. Participants on the dialogue are Nadine Panayot Haroun (Archaeological Museum, American University of Beirut) James Fraser (The British Museum) and Adam Webster (National Museum of Wales) and will be moderated by Jan Dalley (Financial Times).