Senior Conservator of Paintings
National Gallery of Art
Ann Hoenigswald is senior conservator of paintings at the National Gallery of Art. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in art history and history, and her MA in art conservation from Oberlin College and the Intermuseum Conservation Association.
Since joining the Gallery in 1977, she has treated many masterpieces in the collection. Although she has worked on paintings from the 13th through the 18th centuries, her focus has been on late 19th-century and early modern works. Her treatments of Edouard Manet’s paintings and her extensive work on Vincent van Gogh’s have been widely celebrated. Most recently, she finished the restoration of Mary Cassatt’s Little Girl in a Blue Armchair (1878).
She was awarded the Kress Paired Fellowship in Conservation and the History of Art from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) (1998–1999) and was an invited museum scholar at the Getty Center (2011). She was also invited to be the visiting conservator at the Courtauld Institute in London (2012). In addition to treating paintings she has researched the process of painting and the materials techniques of impressionist and post-impressionist artists as well as early 20th-century artists. Much of her work has been in collaboration with art historians and conservation scientists. Hoenigswald’s most recent publication is an essay in the catalogue for the Degas/Cassatt exhibition. She has also published on Picasso’s hidden images, Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait, Malevich, matte paint surfaces, 19th-century oil sketches, and the history of restoration in France. She is a frequent contributor and organizer of colloquies and collaborative study days on 19th-century topics.
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