Portrait of Charles Meryon

Artist:
Félix Bracquemond (French, Paris 1833–1914 Sèvres)
Sitter:
Charles Meryon (French, 1821–1868)
Date:
1853
Medium:
Etching; first state of two
Dimensions:
Sheet: 12 in. × 8 3/4 in. (30.5 × 22.2 cm)
Plate: 9 in. × 6 1/16 in. (22.8 × 15.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Harold K. Hochschild, 1940
Accession Number:
40.63.13
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: On verso, collector's mark of A. W. Scholle, printed in blue ink (Lugt suppl. 2923a)
A. W. Scholle; Harold K. Hochschild (American); Donor: Harold K. Hochschild (American)
Beraldi III.77.i; IFF III.357.36; Bouillon **Aa 14
Henri Béraldi Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle. 1885-1892, cat. no. 77, pp. 38-39.

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.

Jean Adhémar, Jacques Lethève Inventaire du Fonds Francais Apres 1800. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, 1954, cat. no. 36, p. 357.

Jean-Paul Bouillon Félix Bracquemond. Le réalisme absolu Œuvre gravé 1849-1859. Catalogue raisonné. Geneva, 1987, cat. no. **Aa 14, p. 34.