Charles Meryon (1821-1868) - Le Pont au Change

Charles Meryon (1821-1868) - Le Pont au Change
Acquaforte - Firmato su lastra - 1854

A beautiful impression on laid paper, with wide margins.
Image size: 140 x 325 mm
Plate size: 180 x 345 mm

While Paris was becoming a modern European city, Meryon clung to the sights of its oldest structures, fixing them in etching. Like the drowning man in the foreground of this print, the artist found his world caving in, and as his sanity dimmed the skies in his prints filled with flying fish, and visions like those of the charioteer, serpent, and fragments of female anatomy penciled into clouds above the Seine.
(Source: The Met)

From the series "Eaux-fortes sur Paris", n.16

Etcher and draughtsman; the illegitimate son of an English physician Charles Lewis Meryon (1783-1877) and a dancer at the Paris Opéra, Narcisse Chaspoux; known for his views of Paris that document the transformation of the city under the helm of Baron Haussmann; Meryon suffered from psychological issues throughout his life and from 1858 was frequently held at the asylum of Charenton, where he died in 1868.

The signatures are rather faint, this might be a later edition.

Dettagli lotto
Charles Meryon (1821-1868)
Titolo dell'opera
Le Pont au Change
Firmato su lastra
Dimensioni totali
31×41×0 cm
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