La Rue de la Vieille Lanterne: The Suicide of Gérard de Nerval

A work made of lithograph in black on light gray china paper laid down on white wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on light gray china paper laid down on white wove paper.

Date:

1855

Artist:

Gustave Doré
French, 1832-1883

About this artwork

Gerard de Nerval was a French poet who anticipated the Symbolist movement in his fascination with dreams as a reflection of the supernatural. Destitute and distraught over a thwarted love, he hung himself from a lantern post in 1855. Gustave Doré’s lithograph provides a fitting pictorial memorial to the poet’s hallucinatory vision and tragic end. Never pulled in an edition, the lithograph is very rare; it marks the culmination of Doré’s work in the medium. After 1855, the young artist began to rely on professional engravers while he turned increasingly to painting.

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Artist

Gustave Doré

Title

La Rue de la Vieille Lanterne: The Suicide of Gérard de Nerval

Origin

France

Date

1855

Medium

Lithograph in black on light gray China paper laid down on white wove paper

Inscriptions

signed "G. Doré," on stone, l.l.

Dimensions

502 × 343 mm (image/chine); 576 × 400 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mary S. Adams Fund

Reference Number

1986.455

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