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Title

The gallery of Notre-Dame

1853

Artist

Charles Meryon

France

1821 – 1868

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Charles Meryon

    Works in the collection

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  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

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