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An image of The gallery of Notre-Dame by Charles Meryon

Charles Meryon

(France 1821 – 1868)

The gallery of Notre-Dame
Alternative title:
La galerie Notre-Dame
Media category
Materials used
etching with engraving

28.2 x 17.6 cm platemark; 36.8 x 24.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1984
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Charles Meryon was one of France's great nineteenth century etchers. This fine impression shows an interrupted view of Paris, its towers are to be seen through the upper columns of Notre Dame. The elaborate Gothic stonework, with its play of light and dark, contrasts with the freedom of nature - the sky with fresh clouds, and distant flying crows. The larger birds coming in to rest in this confined corner add to the sense of unease. Meryon was praised and admired by writers such as Charles Baudelaire and Victor Hugo, author of 'Notre Dame de Paris', which included 'A bird's-eye view of Paris'. This etching was Hugo's favourite and one of Meryon's finest.

AGNSW Handbook, 1994

Bibliography (6)

Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-1, Sydney, 1994, 130 (colour illus.).

Geoffrey Holme (Editor), The etchings of Charles Meryon, London, 1921, 2, 13, illus.. plate no. 9

Renée Porter, Meryon, Bracquemond & the 19th Century Etching Renaissance, Sydney, 1998.

Malcolm C Salaman, The Master: Charles Meryon, London, 1927, 4, illus.. plate no. 2

Richard Schneiderman, The catalogue raisonné of the prints of Charles Meryon, London, 1990, 63, 64 (illus.), 65 (illus.). 29. Illustration on pg. 64 is the fourth state, illustration on pg. 65 is the sixth state.

Hugh Stokes (Editor), The master etchers: Charles Meryon, London, illus.. plate no. 16

Exhibition history (2)

Meryon, Bracquemond & the 19th Century etching Renaissance, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jun 1998–02 Aug 1998

Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009