The Art of Virginia Strom Precourt 


Evening Star


Polyfresco on panel

43” x 44 1/2”


Virginia Strom Precourt served on the Museum of Fine Arts’ Preservation Committee, where she became keenly interested in creating stable art with color and consistency that could preserve the artist’s original intent. To that end, she made many trips to Italy, Bulgaria and Romania to study the deterioration of ancient frescoes. Determined to develop a more stable medium than pigment applied to wet plaster, she used her knowledge of the plastics industry—dating back to her days as an industrial designer—to develop a process that would be more permanent. After much experimentation, she combined polyvinyl acetate with ground stone, which she prepared by hand, and applied pigment.



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