This watercolor of Lake Macatawa was attached to hard board which contains acid components. Over time these acids migrate to the work itself and cause color discoloration. A bath with specific chemicals allows the work to be delicately lifted from the board. Then treatment for the acids can begin.
The artist, Nathaniel Steinberg (1893 – 1976), was born in Jerusalem, Palestine. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago with Welling Reynolds and George Bellows, and would become an active painter, illustrator and etcher in Chicago. He was a member of the Palette and Chisel Academy, and was the president from 1960 to 1961. He kept a studio in Douglas, Michigan.