CHARLES MERYON (French / 1821-1868)

Charles Meryon (or Méryon, authorities differ over the correctness of the accent) was born in Paris, to an English father and Spanish mother. Despite his relatively short life, Charles Meryon became the most acclaimed French etcher of his day, and a name that inspired both the French etching boom of the second half of the nineteenth century, and etchers of Paris right up to WWII. His home city of Paris was Meryon's chief subject. He made 102 etchings, most original but including some brilliant interpretative etchings after the Dutch painter Zeeman, to whom he dedicated his own masterpiece, the 22 etchings that comprise Eaux-fortes sur Paris. Baudelaire was so impressed by Meryon that he asked him to illustrate his poems but the project came to nothing in the light of the increasing mental disorder of both poet and etcher. Charles Meryon's choice of etching as his primary mode of expression was due to the fact that he was colour-blind, and so needed to work in black-and-white.

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Selected prints by CHARLES MERYON

Tourelle rue de
l'École de Médecine,
22, 1861
Vue de l'ancien
Louvre, 1866
Le Petit Pont
(Cancelled plate), 1850

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