L’Abside de Notre-Dame

Charles Meryon (1821-1868), L’Abside de Notre Dame, etching with engraving and drypoint, 1854. Schneiderman 45, fourth state (of 9). In excellent condition, printed in blackish/brown ink on a cream laid paper with the watermark D&C BLAUW. With full margins, 6 1/2 x 11 3/4, the sheet 12 x 16 3/4 inches.

A fine rich impression, printed with a delicate film of plate tone, carefully wiped to accentuate the embankment beside and under the bridge.

The eminent art critic Phillipe Burty wrote of L’Abside: “The church of Notre-Dame seems…to have exerted a great attraction on the dreamy spirit of the artist. It has dictated to a poet [Victor Hugo] one of the beautiful books of our generation; it has inspired in Meryon his most beautiful plate.”

Provenance: Initials GAK in oval, stamp on mat, not in Lugt.