A major work re­dis­cov­ered

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Pre­vi­ously, the where­abouts of one of the largest paint­ings by Al­fredo Ramos Martinez was widely un­known in the art com­mu­nity. Now for the first time in 80 years, Martinez’s mon­u­men­tal 9-by-12-foot paint­ing, Flores Mex­i­canas, is the fo­cal point of a spe­cial exhibit at the Mis­souri His­tory Mu­seum ti­tled Flores Mex­i­canas: a Lind­bergh Love Story, cur­rently on view. Known as the “Father of Mex­i­can Modernism,” Martinez’s piece needed sig­nif­i­cant con­ser­va­tion treat­ment, which in­cluded clean­ing to re­move lay­ers of dis­col­ored var­nish and grime that had ac­cu­mu­lated over the last 90 years.the or­nate hand-carved wooden frame was also care­fully cleaned and losses in its gesso have been filled.

Se­nior paint­ings con­ser­va­tor Kristy Jef­f­coat works on clean­ing Flores Mex­i­canas at the Mid­west Art Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter using an en­gi­neered aque­ous so­lu­tion ap­plied with cot­ton swabs. Photo cour­tesy of the Mis­souri His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

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