An image of The gallery of Notre-Dame

Charles Meryon

(France 1821 – 1868)

The gallery of Notre-Dame

Location
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

Year
1853
Media
Print
Medium
etching with engraving
Dimensions
28.2 x 17.6 cm platemark; 36.8 x 24.2 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1984
Accession number
309.1984