Marjan de Visser conservator paintings
Since 1994, Marjan de Visser is a conservator of paintings. She has had her own painting conservation studio. The studio is located in the center of The Hague (NL). As De Visser was originally trained as a painter at the Art Academy in Arnhem (NL). Eventually Rotterdam Museum Boijmans van Beuningen then educated her as a painting conservator.
As of more than twenty-five years, De Visser has been restoring paintings on canvas. But De Visser also restores paintings on metal and wood. Working from Old Masters, especially 17th century Dutch masters and 18th to 19th century paintings. Of course De Visser restores also modern art paintings. From 2014 till 2017 De Visser restoring a large collection of Modern Masters of ‘ de Ploeg” for Groninger Museum. But also she masters the conservation of Contemporary paintings.
Studies and specialisations
Studio De Visser specialises in surface cleaning (varnish removal), tear mending and preventive conservation. The expertise in surface cleaning and varnish removal follow the guidelines of the ‘New Cleaning Methods’ by Richard Wolbers (University of Delaware). Canvas tears are being repaired in accordance to the “Thread-by-thread tear mending for canvas paintings” technique by the Doerner Institute in Munich, Germany.
De Vissers knowledge of degradation processes is based on her studies of the impact of high temperature (T) and humidity (RH) on western style paintings. De Visser has travelled to tropical climates to investigate the effects of hot-humid climates on paintings. In addition, De Visser has trained with Marion Mecklenburgs and applied his theory and understanding of the “Mechanical properties of solid materials and the effects of environmental factors such as temperature and moisture” (Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.).
Awards and certificates
To date, De Visser has obtained certificates in Chemistry and numerous certificates and awards related to painting conservation by several institutions from Paris to London, and Ottawa to Amsterdam. In order to continuously develop her expertise, De Visser earned her Masters of Museology in 2011. Furthermore, she attended and led workshops in Preventive and Active Conservation all over the world.
Studio De Visser works for various museums in The Netherlands, such as the Zuiderzee Museum, Groninger Museum, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Cobra Museum, Stedelijk Museum Breda and Museum Katwijk. Internationally, De Visser performs conservation projects, condition reports and courier services for both museums, galleries and collectors.
In order to fully accommodate the wishes and needs of her clients, Studio De Visser has developed a flexible mobile studio, allowing international travels for conservation projects and practical advice to private owners and museum collections.