Behind the scenes: treatment of Robert Motherwell’s ‘El negro’

Robert Motherwell’s El negro recently made a trip to the National Gallery of Australia’s paper conservation department for some preventative treatment. We paid a visit to conservator Fiona Kemp to bring you these special behind-the-scenes shots of conservation in action!

You can read more about the making of El negro in the Tyler Graphics Ltd. print documentation here: For more information on Motherwell and his work with Tyler, visit our website:

A page from the book at rest on the paper press Wearing gloves, Fiona moves the page from the press Spraying the pages to relax the paper fibres The pages looking pristine!

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