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National Gallery begins conservation work on damaged Monet

Conservation work could take up to a year, as man charged with punching hole in painting set to return to court.

 ‘Argenteuil Basin with a single Sailboat’ (1874)
‘Argenteuil Basin with a single Sailboat’ (1874)
Image: National Gallery / Photocall Ireland

THE NATIONAL GALLERY of Ireland is set to begin restoration work of  Claude Monet’s Argenteuil with a Single Sailboat (1874), which was damaged in an incident in June.

The painting, one of several drawn by the French impressionist in Argenteuil, Paris, was under the jurisdiction of An Garda Siochana as part of their ongoing investigations into the incident, in which a man is accused of punching a hole in the work. It has now been handed back into the control of the Gallery for the purposes of addressing urgent conservation treatment. It was insured for up to €7m.

“Conservation work on the Monet is our primary concern given the extensive nature of the damage” said Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland. ” The Gallery’s Conservation Department will begin a thorough assessment of the work to be carried out in consultation with colleagues in sistyer institutions. We anticipate the process of conservation could take up to a year.”

Andrew Shannon of Willans Way, Ongar, was charged last week with criminal damage at the National Gallery on June 29. He is accused of punching a hole in the painting. He is due to appear in court next week over the incident pending the preparation of a book of evidence in the case.”

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