Robert Edsel states in his book, The Monuments Men, that because of the serious risk of damage to Europe’s cultural heritage, World War II “was the moment for art conservation.” George Stout, one of the members of the MFAA, was a pioneer in the field of conservation, applying scientific principles and study to what was previously considered an art. He also wrote the field guide to conservation that was used by the Monuments Men when assessing and repairing works. The following are selected articles and a book that Stout wrote contemporaneous to World War II, and reflect the conservation work practiced in The Monuments Men:
Journal Article: Stout, George L. “Treatment of blemished paintings.” Technical Studies in the Field of the Fine Arts Vol. 10 (Oct., 1941): 99-112.
Journal Article: Stout, George L. “Preservation of paintings in war-time.” Technical Studies in the Field of the Fine Arts Vol. 10 (Jan., 1942):161-172.
Journal Article: Stout, George L. “Emergency Storage of Art-Works in Europe.” Museum News Vol. 25 (Dec., 1947): 6.
Book: Stout, George L. The Care of Pictures. New York: Dover Publications, 1948.