Le Petit pont, Paris
26.9 cm x 20.2 cm (10 9/16 in. x 7 15/16 in.)
(Paris, 1821 - 1868, Charenton-le-pont)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase from the Jack S. Blanton Curatorial Endowment and through the generosity of Susan Thomas, 2003
Etching was especially suited to the obsessive detail and subjective feeling that were the hallmark of Charles Méryon’s work. In the first original etching from his principal work, the Eaux-fortes sur Paris [Etchings of Paris], Méryon transformed a familiar view of the city into something vaguely menacing, not only reflecting his delicate state of mind, but also prefiguring modern ambivalence about the urban experience.