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Title

The gallery of Notre-Dame


Artist

Charles Meryon

France

1821 - 1868


About

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


Details


Alternative title

La galerie Notre-Dame


Date

1853


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching with engraving


Edition

3/5


Dimensions

28.2 x 17.6 cm platemark; 36.8 x 24.2 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1984


Location

Not on display


Accession number

309.1984


Artist information

Charles Meryon

Works in the collection

15


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


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.). cat.no. 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