It was a new restoration campaign that was completed in July 2022. 17 paintings and graphic arts were treated in Margherita Segala’s workshop.

The MHAB team went to Margherita Segala’s workshop to see the works undergoing restoration. Few museums have an in-house restoration workshop. The works are therefore taken in charge by the restorers and treated in the workshop. The museum’s 2021 collection survey provided a diagnosis of the collection’s state of conservation. A multi-year restoration program has been set up based on this diagnosis. This is the second campaign of this program.

A look back at the works undergoing restoration.

Removal of the pictorial layer.
Research of old restorations with blue light on the work of Dominique Offand, The Clock Tower (Oil on canvas).
Restoration equipment for graphic arts.
Restoration of Two Towers on a Hill (watercolor on paper), Anatole Devarenne.

A work by Jean Peské joins the collections

The MHAB, committed for the last 3 years to an active and reasoned acquisition policy, has acquired a work by the artist Jean Peské in the auction room.

Jean Peské, who has been recognized by art critics, public institutions and collectors since his lifetime, is one of the major artists represented in the museum’s collection.

Of Polish origin, Jean Peské moved to France to study art in Paris. The link between the artist and the village of Bormes is undeniable. It was in the South of France from 1910, and particularly in Bormes, that the painter tried to tame the light. After living in the village, he built a small house on the Pointe de Gouron in La Favière and divided his life between Bormes and Paris for about fifteen years. He became very famous between the 1920s and 1940s. His work is remarkable and his life rich in artistic encounters such as those with Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Pissarro, Bonnard and Paul Signac.

His portraits of trees and his wash drawings enhanced with Indian ink characterise his singular and innovative work, as shown by this new acquisition, a representation of a chestnut tree in the Vendée.

The work will soon undergo restoration before being exhibited in the museum’s hall alongside the ink on paper already on display: The Old Cork Oak and the Shepherd and his Sheep on the Plain of Bormes, signed by the same artist.

Jean Peské, Environs de Saint-Jean-du-Monts, 1927

Title : Environs de Saint-Jean-de-Monts (Vendée)
Artist : Jean Peské
Date of creation: 1927
Material and technique : Watercolour ink on paper
Dimensions: H. 73 cm, W. 98 cm
Inventory number: 2022.1.1