Maurice Sendak's 1961 The Chertoff Mural Gets Preserved, Restored

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011

The Rosenbach Museum and Library was given a nice gift, and an assignment: Take Maurice Sendak's Chertoff mural, once housed in Lionel and Roslyn Chertoff's Upper West Side apartment, and perform a unique conservation and preservation task on what most believe to be the only Sendak mural in existence.

As ArtDaily notes, "A mural Sendak painted in 1961 was removed — wall and all — after his friends, who were the apartment's longtime residents, had passed away. Now, it is being restored in a Philadelphia museum devoted to his work. Sendak painted the work on a bedroom wall of Lionel and Roslyn Chertoff's Upper West Side apartment, two years before he gained international acclaim for 'Where the Wild Things Are' in 1963. Though that book's 'wild rumpus'-loving monsters don't make an appearance, the mural features Sendak's beloved pet terrier and star of several books, Jennie, leading a parade of festively dressed children, a bear and a lion that the artist would revisit in books throughout his career.

This week at Philadelphia's Rosenback Museum, the specialist in charge of the preservation as well as the mural is on display and in discussion. For a full schedule, check this link.




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