Gothic Soul: Charles Meryon Exhibition
September 9, 2022 @ 8:00 am - January 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
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. Over 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.