Why UV Protection Is a Must for your Original Artwork

I recently came across a great blog post from Rolf Gruller of Framer's Workshop in Scottsdale, AZ. If you were previously sceptical whether the benefits of ultraviolet filtering glazing to protect your poster from fading as a result of sunlight are real, he has shown some undeniable, and unfortunate proof. Rolf has posted two photos of two identical original 1926 vintage posters, Pianos Daude by artist, ANDRÉ DAUDÉ (1897-1979). Take a look at the difference for yourself:


Source: www.framersworkshop.net

We are reminded that fading happens over a length of many years and is difficult to detect when you are looking at the artwork on a regular basis. He explains that, "Works on paper are much more susceptible to fading than are oil paintings. That is due to the heavy pigment load in paint, while printing inks need to be more fluid and consist of lighter pigments and dyes that can be forced onto a thin piece of paper."

"When you go out in the bright sun, you probably use sunscreen to protect your skin. In the case of artwork, that protection is ultraviolet filtering glazing. Think of the glass or plex as sunscreen for your artwork. When your framer recommends UV filtering for artwork preservation, take the advice."

If you are in the Scottsdale or Phoenix area, check out Framer's Workshop at 4161 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, AZ. In business since 1978, Rolf and his team specialize in one of a kind handcrafted picture frames and will give your vintage poster or print the love it requires.

P.S: The Ross Art Group recently wrote a very interesting piece on the history of the ANDRÉ DAUDÉ Company and this poster. Check it out here.

Posted: Feb 24, 2014 | Tagged: framing, UV protection

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