Luc-Olivier Merson, 1903 - A tear drop for (Our Lady of Paris) - fine art print

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Description by the museum's website (© Copyright - Maison de Victor Hugo - Hauteville House - Maison de Victor Hugo - Hauteville House)

The painting illustrates the main point of the episode being chapter IV of Book VI of Victor Hugo's novel "Notre Dame de Paris", "A tear for a drop of water", which gives the painting its title while synthesizing more elements of récit.Alors Quasimodo is tied to the pillory of the Greve in mockery and insults of the crowd ( "a thousand other insults rained down, and the jeers and imprecations, and laughter, and the stones here and there. "), he claims several times" to drink. " So Esmeralda, accompanied by her goat Djali, through the crowd, up the ladder of the pillory: "She went, without a word, the patient writhed vainly to escape her, and detaching a gourd from her belt, she gently brought to the parched lips of misérable.Alors in that eye hitherto dry and burned if they saw a big tear rolling slowly fell along the deformed face and long contracted with despair. It was the first perhaps the unfortunate had ever paid. "But the time is shown next, the text accompanying the etching of the first version of the work, published in the National Edition of the works of Victor Hugo, in 1889:" But he forgot to drink. The Egyptian made her pout forward and leaned smiling neck to the tusked month of Quasimodo. It took a long. His thirst was burning. "

This painting is part of orders placed by Paul Meurice living artists for the museum's opening in 1903. Luc-Olivier Merson had shown two volumes, published in 1889, of "Our Lady of Paris" for National Edition (Emile Testard and Co., publishers) that Paul supervised, especially for illustration. Paul Meurice as he deals directly with the artist without using Arsène Alexandre Fortuné Méaulle or sometimes serve as intermediaries for some commands (this will be the case for the control of "Burgraves" to Rochegrosse ). Alas, the letters to Merson Meurice, kept in the archives of the museum are not dated and therefore give no indication of the progress and completion of tableau.On may think it is this work for national Edition which guided his choice and that of the artist for a subject taken from the novel and perhaps also for the composition that incorporates part of the engravings inset of the first volume, introducing chapter IV of book VI, which gives its name to the painting: "a tear for a drop of water." This etching provides the base of the upper part of the painting, while undergoing certain transformations: the houses of his background partially modified due to the addition of the wooden railing, the pillory is redrawn, links appear for Quasimodo will hold more dramatic, the goat is moved to the left to the dynamics of the composition. The crowd, far away and barely visible in the background of the engraving is close and most importantly, it will give the new and lively pattern of the first plan.La new composition is carefully structured: starting from the dog's head at the bottom the canvas, the read line continues with the man's arm to the cap seen from the back, reinforced by twisting the child's gesture in the red cap and grip the man's face long black cap - the only one who looks at us that this cap student might call Jehan Frollo, mentioned in the story - while the hands in megaphone of his neighbor scarlet cap direct, along with his cry, look toward the forest hands that lead to the edge of the platform of stones where the goat, on a beautiful curve returns the line to the belt of the gypsy, the gesture of his arm to reach the visage of Quasimodo whose gaze leads us finally to the face Esmeralda. Thus it is carried bestiality angélisme.Toute to the composition, in fact based on a set of contrasts between the top and bottom; between saturation and empty; between the violent agitation of the crowd and the serenity of the hero; between the ugliness of Quasimodo and Esmeralda grace. This desire of antithesis not only meets the spirit of Victor Hugo but also important moment for the novel is the episode in which revives the fate of two children exchanged at birth where born love of Quasimodo in response to Esmeralda gesture that is - and only - affirmation of freedom and that compassion.Paul Meurice, text and guardian of the spirit, was closely following his orders probably by his conversations with Merson played a role in the design and details of the painting. The only accurate record of its intervention concerns Esmeralda, just to introduce more contrast and complexity in his face, and attach sensuality otherworldliness. Indeed, in a letter Merson replied: "I made the edits you kindly ask. I glittery dress, enriched scarf, put his arm bracelets, gold belt and increased hair sequins. There is only one thing I could do is to Esmeralda in short skirt. When you shall see the table you will understand immediately that the provision of the composition did not allow me to clear the legs. Despite this the dancer lost her virginity character. It is certainly more showman than before and I hope that the changes I made helping her, she will give a better impression to the character standpoint. "The work was exhibited in the museum opened in 1903 in the grand salon of the first étage.Il is a small sketch of the table and a study of the nude for Esmeralda position in the Louvre's collections.

Esmeralda (literary character); Quasimodo (literary character)

Notre Dame de Paris (V.Hugo)

Background information on the artwork by Luc-Olivier Merson

"A tear drop for (Our Lady of Paris)" is a masterpiece by the artist Luc-Olivier Merson in 1903. The beyond 110 year old original had the following size: Height: 195 cm, Width: 110 cm and was painted on the medium Oil, Canvas (material). Signature - Bottom left "Luc-Olivier Merson 1903" was the masterpiece's inscription. It is in the the Maison de Victor Hugo - Hauteville House's digital collection. With courtesy of - Maison de Victor Hugo - Hauteville House (public domain).Creditline of the artwork: . Besides, the alignment is in portrait format and has a ratio of 9 : 16, which implies that the length is 45% shorter than the width.

Background data on the work of art

Artpiece name: "A tear drop for (Our Lady of Paris)"
Categorization: painting
Broad category: modern art
Century: 20th century
Created in the year: 1903
Age of artwork: over 110 years old
Original medium of artwork: Oil, Canvas (material)
Dimensions of the original artwork: Height: 195 cm, Width: 110 cm
Original artwork inscription: Signature - Bottom left "Luc-Olivier Merson 1903"
Museum: Maison de Victor Hugo - Hauteville House
Location of the museum: Paris, France
Museum website: Maison de Victor Hugo - Hauteville House
Artwork license: public domain
Courtesy of: Maison de Victor Hugo - Hauteville House

About this article

Print prodct: wall art
Method of reproduction: reproduction in digital format
Manufacturing method: UV direct printing (digital print)
Manufacturing: Germany
Type of stock: production on demand
Intended product usage: wall art, wall decoration
Orientation: portrait format
Aspect ratio: 9 : 16 - (length : width)
Aspect ratio implication: the length is 45% shorter than the width
Materials you can choose from: acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), canvas print, metal print (aluminium dibond), poster print (canvas paper)
Canvas print (canvas on stretcher frame) size variants: 50x90cm - 20x35", 100x180cm - 39x71"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating): 50x90cm - 20x35", 100x180cm - 39x71"
Poster print (canvas paper) size options: 50x90cm - 20x35"
Dibond print (alumnium material) size options: 50x90cm - 20x35"
Frame: unframed product

Artist details table

Artist: Luc-Olivier Merson
Professions: painter
Classification: modern artist
Life span: 74 years
Year of birth: 1846
City of birth: Paris
Died: 1920

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