Félix Bracquemond (French, Paris 1833–1914 Sèvres)
Portrait of Charles Meryon (French, 1821–1868)
Etching on laid paper; first state
sheet: 12 x 8 3/4 in. (30.5 x 22.2 cm)
plate: 9 x 6 in. (22.9 x 15.2 cm)
Gift of Harold K. Hochschild, 1940
Not on view
Portraiture was a common means of showing friendship and respect among artists. Printmaking was especially well suited to this practice owing to its small scale, comparatively low production cost, and privately viewable format. Bracquemond represented Meryon twice during his prolific career, commemorating the friendship that he shared with the elder artist. The first of these prints, this etching originally belonged to a series of portraits Bracquemond produced for personal interest rather than exhibition or sale. Meryon is shown at the height of his career and looks toward the viewer with a direct and sober gaze that suggests respectability. The expressive style, produced with spare but clear lines, suggests that the work is as much a statement on the professional status of its producer as its subject.
Marking: verso: collector's stamp of A.W. Scholle, in blue ink (Lugt suppl. 2923a)
A. W. Scholle; Harold K. Hochschild (American, New York 1892–1981 New York); Donor: Harold K. Hochschild (American, New York 1892–1981 New York)
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Alice Newlin "A Gift of Prints and Drawings: The Prints" in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 35, no. 8, New York, August, 1940, p. 155.