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Derain paints this piece in 1906, imbuing industrial London with dazzling brilliance and surprising colour. Industrialization and the resulting transformation of cities stirred in modern artists a sense of both rejection and admiration. Within this framework we can appreciate Waterloo Bridge as a powerful reminder of the impact of human activity on the landscape.
Over the course of four months, more than 200 individuals and several companies have made it possible, thanks to their valuable contributions, to raise a total of over 23,000 eurosdedicated to the restoration and technical study of André Derain's Waterloo Bridge. This figure is significant not only for its impact on the restoration, the results of which we will see in early 2025, but also for what it signifies: society's participation in supporting the conservation of heritage that belongs to all Spaniards.
The restoration work on the painting includes the technical and laboratory study of the work, the reinforcement of its extensively damaged edges through grafts and sutures, the study and consolidation of the pictorial layer to compensate for its lack of adherence in some areas, and the removal of traces of varnish, deposits, and dirt from the surface. Additionally, the entire process, including the final result, will be documented through high-definition photographs.
The museum is once again grateful for the support of those who have joined this initiative to restore the painting to its original lustre.
This crowdfunding project was made possible by Mastercard.
You have helped us to bring the work back to life!
Pollution, a greyish fog that degrades and darkens everything it envelops, can sometimes make us forget that, down underneath, there was once shimmering life, light and color that belonged to us and which we are responsible for protecting and restoring. If you also want to keep pollution from smothering our landscapes, whether in the real world or through art, please participate in our micro-sponsorship campaign to help restore one of the Thyssen’s most iconic works. Together, brushstroke by brushstroke, we have succeeded in restoring Derain’s work to its full, original splendour.
Your patronage leaves its mark
Donors enjoy tax benefits and recognition from the museum. Depending on the amount donated, additional acknowledgements will be provided.