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.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Gustave Doré
- La Rue de la Vieille Lanterne: The Suicide of Gérard de Nerval
- Lithograph in black on light gray China paper laid down on white wove paper
- signed "G. Doré," on stone, l.l.
- 502 × 343 mm (image/chine); 576 × 400 mm (sheet)
- Mary S. Adams Fund