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Etchings of Paris:  The Mortuary

Etchings of Paris: The Mortuary

(French, 1821–1868)
Sheet: 33.7 x 29.2 cm (13 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.); Platemark: 23.1 x 20.7 cm (9 1/8 x 8 1/8 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Delteil & Wright 36; Schneiderman 42
Location: not on view


One of the greatest French etchers and an important figure in the mid-19th-century etching revival, Meryon devoted himself exclusively to drawing and printmaking by the age of 28. Continually experimenting to achieve the desired nuances of light and shadow, he developed his compositions through numerous states and printed on a variety of papers, favoring pale green for some of his most beautiful impressions. Meryon specialized in views of Paris, often recording older areas, like the morgue building dating from 1568, soon to disappear with the modernization of the city.
  • Inventive Impressions: 18th- and 19-Century French Prints. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (August 26-October 28, 2001).
    The Cleveland Museum of Art; 8/26/01-10/28/01. "Inventive Impressions: 18th- and 19th-Century French Prints".
    Generous Donors: A Tribute to The Print Club of Cleveland. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (April 2-August 4, 1991).
    The Print Club of Cleveland, 1919 - 1969: Fifty Years in Review. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (January 14-March 31, 1970).
  • {{cite web|title=Etchings of Paris: The Mortuary|url=false|author=Charles Meryon|year=1854|access-date=13 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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