An eccentric and secretive artist who died mad at the notorious asylum in Charenton, Charles Meryon (1821-1868) was a consummate craftsman when it came to etching.
He gave new life to the concept of the "original print" through a steadfast commitment to his art, with a prodigious oeuvre of more than 100 works.
Partial to stark, meticulously handled architectural views of 19th century Paris, his subjects often take on a disquieting note in a style that, to paraphrase the Goncourt brothers, could well be called "fantastic realism."
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The riverfront at the mortuary serves as staging for a tragically animated scene in one of Meryon's most renowned prints.