Portrait of Charles Meryon, in profile

Various artists/makers

Not on view

Bracquemond's second portrait of Meryon clearly indicated the subject's important position within the history of etching. The work drew upon the artistic tradition of medallion portraiture (17.190.449; 49.20.4), typically used to represent subjects of noble or elite status, to symbolically commemorate the elder printmaker. A verse inscribed at bottom center in this state of the print—describing "the grotesque face of the somber Meryon—paid further tribute to the artist, who often included poetic lines of his own composition on some states of his prints.

Portrait of Charles Meryon, in profile, Félix Bracquemond (French, Paris 1833–1914 Sèvres), Etching; second state of three

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