Friday, August 19, 2022 to Sunday, January 8, 2023
'Gothic Soul' will focus on the tumultuous life and work of Charles Meryon (1821-1868), a French artist who devoted himself to etching after discovering he was color blind. The illegitimate son of a dancer in the Paris Opéra and an English physician, Meryon pursued a career in the French Navy, where he learned to draw. This exhibition will present a sweeping view of his oeuvre, from etchings of the South Pacific, inspired by his travels as a naval officer, to now-iconic depictions of Paris during the Gothic Revival. More than 30 works will be on view, the majority on loan from a private collector, and a small catalogue will accompany the exhibition. Telfair’s permanent collection works, including a selection of reproductions of Meryon’s etchings of Paris, gifted to the United States by the French nation after World War II, will also be displayed.
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