Hugues Merle, 1872 - Falling Leaves, Allegory of Autumn - fine art print

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Interesting facts about the over 140 year-old painting

The piece of art "Falling Leaves, Allegory of Autumn" was made by the French artist Hugues Merle in 1872. The over 140 year-old original version had the following size 68 7/8 x 43 1/4 in (174,9 x 109,9 cm). Oil on canvas was used by the artist as the medium of the masterpiece. The work of art forms part of the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is one of the world's largest and finest art museums, which includes more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.. The work of art, which is part of the public domain is provided with courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Bequest of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, 1887. : Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Bequest of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, 1887. The alignment of the digital reproduction is in portrait format and has an aspect ratio of 9 : 16, meaning that the length is 45% shorter than the width.

What does the original description of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art say about this artwork created by Hugues Merle? (© - The Metropolitan Museum of Art -

Merle, a friend and sometime rival of Bouguereau, was known for the sentimental images of contented rustic families that he regularly exhibited at the annual Salons. In this painting from 1872, Merle tried his hand at a loosely mythological scene of a languid young woman in the guise of Fall. Catharine Lorillard Wolfe bought the melancholic picture from the New York branch of the art gallery Goupil & Co. on February 21, 1873, while still in mourning for her father. A critic who saw the work in Wolfe’s home remarked, "Here, under russet foliage, a ripe beauty passes…. Nearby, disguised so much in shadow as to be almost invisible, little Love is running away; for this bereavement of affection is the plague of life’s Autumn, as love’s importunity is the plague of its Spring."

Artpiece details

Work of art name: "Falling Leaves, Allegory of Autumn"
Categorization of the artwork: painting
Art categorization: modern art
Time: 19th century
Created in the year: 1872
Artwork age: around 140 years
Painted on: oil on canvas
Size of the original work of art: 68 7/8 x 43 1/4 in (174,9 x 109,9 cm)
Museum / collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum location: New York City, New York, United States of America
Available under: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Artwork license: public domain
Courtesy of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Bequest of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, 1887
Creditline of artwork: Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Bequest of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, 1887

Short overview of the artist

Artist: Hugues Merle
Other artist names: merle hugues, Georges Merle, Hugues Merle, Merle Hugues, Merle Hugues Georges, Merle, H. merle, H Merle, Hughes Merle
Gender: male
Artist nationality: French
Jobs: painter
Home country: France
Artist category: modern artist
Died aged: 58 years
Birth year: 1823
Died: 1881
Died in (place): Paris, Ile-de-France, France

The material choices

In the product dropdown lists you can choose the size and material of your choice. We allow yout to choose among the following variants:

  • Canvas: A canvas print, which shall not be confused with a painting on a canvas, is a digital copy printed on an industrial printer. The great advantage of canvas prints is that they are relatively low in weight. That means, it is quite simple to hang the Canvas print without additional wall-mounts. A canvas print is suitable for all kinds of walls.
  • Poster (canvas material): A poster is a printed flat canvas with a granular surface texture, that resembles the actual version of the work of art. Please bear in mind, that depending on the size of the poster we add a white margin of approximately 2 - 6cm round about the painting, which facilitates the framing.
  • Aluminium dibond print: Aluminium Dibond prints are prints on metal with an outstanding effect of depth. The colors are bright and luminous, fine details are crisp, and there’s a matte look that you can literally feel. The direct print on aluminium is one of the most popular entry-level products and is an extremely sophisticated way to display fine art reproductions, as it draws attention on the image.
  • Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating): A glossy acrylic glass print, which is sometimes referenced as a fine art print on plexiglass, makes your favorite original work of art into great home decoration. The major benefit of a plexiglass art print is that contrasts and also minor painting details become visible due to the delicate gradation.

Structured article details

Article type: art reproduction
Reproduction method: digital reproduction
Production technique: UV direct printing
Manufacturing: manufactured in Germany
Stock type: on demand production
Product use: wall decoration, wall picture
Alignment: portrait alignment
Image aspect ratio: 9 : 16 (length : width)
Interpretation: the length is 45% shorter than the width
Materials you can choose: canvas print, poster print (canvas paper), metal print (aluminium dibond), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) variants: 50x90cm - 20x35", 100x180cm - 39x71"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) size variants: 50x90cm - 20x35", 100x180cm - 39x71"
Poster print (canvas paper) options: 50x90cm - 20x35"
Aluminium print (aluminium dibond material) sizes: 50x90cm - 20x35"
Picture frame: without frame

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