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The Gallery of Notre Dame, Paris (La Galerie Notre-Dame, Paris)

Best known for his etchings depicting mid-nineteenth-century Paris, Meryon focused not on the city’s people, but on its architecture. He turned to monochromatic printmaking after discovering that he was color blind. While his visionary prints are treasured today for their romantic mood and unusual perspectives, they were ahead of their time and not as highly regarded by his contemporaries. Destitute and suffering from hallucinations, he eventually ended up in a mental institution where he committed suicide.

Charles Meryon
French, 1821–1868
The Gallery of Notre Dame, Paris (La Galerie Notre-Dame, Paris)
1853
Etching with engraving on paper
Image: 10 13/16 x 6 3/8 in. (27.5 x 16.2 cm); plate: 11 1/16 x 6 7/8 in. (28.1 x 17.5 cm); sheet: 19 1/8 x 12 5/8 in. (48.6 x 32.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 83.26