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Gargoyles [Chimera] of Notre Dame Cathedral [Roof top perspective and bird’s eye view of Paris, France].

[Paris]: [c. 1910-1930]. Limited Edition. The engraving is a wondrous example of early 20th century printmaking and the pictorial cityscape of Paris. Artisans truly had a love affair for the Parisian landscape and architecture, as well as a fascination of the grotesque. The gargoyles, more correctly identified as chimera, represented in the composition are the Stryga, the winged chimera and a bent arm grotesque with bat-like characteristics. The perspective of the image is on the rooftop and one of the corners of the cathedral with the statues facing outward. The sky is tumultuous and luminescent, a trait typical of artists as French artist Charles Méryon. Similarly, the print could be the work of Louis Orr based on context and style, despite Orr’s exclusive etching body of work, but this cataloguer lacks the proof to let this be an economic factor. Near Fine. Fine print, bright, and in exceptional condition. Intaglio: engraving print, circa early 20th century. Edition: No. 19, printed on rag content, deckle edge paper, no visible watermark. Paper size: 11-7/8 x 7-7/8 in., Plate mark size: 7-1/2x5-1/2 in. Item #9552

Price: $500.00