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Remnants and Revivals: Architectural Etchings by Charles Meryon and John Taylor Arms

This exhibition brings together the work of Charles Meryon and John Taylor Arms, printmakers who revered the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Meryon, a champion of the Etching Revival in France, became renowned for "Etchings of Paris (Eaux-fortes sur Paris)" (1850-54), a series depicting the city’s medieval buildings and streets during a period of grand-scale urban renovation. In the early 20th century, American printmaker John Taylor Arms praised Meryon’s series as “a monument unique in its sensitive, imaginative, and deeply spiritual expression of architectural form and meaning”—his 1923 etching "The Thinker (Le Penseur)" reinterprets Meryon’s iconic grotesque subject.

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