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Menage au Fil de l'Eau (large detail)

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Menage au Fil de l'Eau (detail)

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Menage au Fil de l'Eau (documentary slide)

The composition of this painting is unusual for Sivard, but like most of his work, this has a narrative quality: it tells a story. The only documentation available for this work, which was part of the Margaret Biddle collection in Paris, is this poor-quality slide. So I've used it to demonstrate the wonderful restoration possibilities of image-editing tools. The slide was in a deteriorating state; with digital tools like Photoshop quite a bit of the original detail and color can be restored. This documentary slide is from 1953.