Mathias Alten (1871 – 1938) painting called Three Sisters in an Orchard, but also known as, Three Girls in an Orchard, was originally done on very thin linen, which has since turned very brittle. Restoration will include re-lining, to give a stable foundation, along with cleaning thoroughly with enzyme and solvent-based elixir, and a coat of conservation varnish.
Mathias Alten was one of the most prolific Michigan painters. Three Sisters in an Orchard presents his daughters: Eleanore in a blue smock, Camelia in yellow, and Viola on the step-ladder. Born in Gusenburg, Germany, Alten studied in Paris at Académie Julian before settling in Grand Rapids. He became known for his figure studies, still lifes, and landscapes.