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Hail Mary by Luc-Olivier Merson 1885 – 4 sizes – Vintage Catholic Art Print – Archival Quality

Hail Mary by Luc-Olivier Merson 1885 – 4 sizes – Vintage Catholic Art Print – Archival Quality

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"Hail Mary"
Luc-Olivier Merson

This tranquil scene was painted by Luc-Olivier Merson, one of the most Catholic-minded painters of his generation. It's a simple scene but also rich and meditative. A peasant farmer going about his work lifts his cap as a "Hail, Mary" as he passes the Blessed Mother and Jesus. His child blows a kiss. The idyllic thatch-roofed cottages, the haystack, the nearby woods, all present a scene or orderliness and peace. We enjoy looking at this picture.

But there are many layers to this picture, and it will reward you if you meditate on it. For example, notice the two roughhewn planks behind Jesus; a cross being built. There are ambiguities here, too, just as in our own spiritual lives. Jesus and Mary are with us, but our relationship with them varies, and sometimes we walk past them. They are constant. We are not. And yet at the same time, it is a good thing to offer Hail Mary's to the Queen of Heaven and her Babe as we go about our necessarily busy lives. Merson's paintings are simple and yet lend themselves to contemplation. This one is welcoming and warm, but also mysterious.

By age twenty, Luc-Olivier Merson (1846-1920) was exhibiting in the Paris Salons, attracting much attention and winning many prizes over the years. He also was known for his illustrations and even postage stamp and currency designs, as well as church and government office decorations. We hope to offer some of his other beautiful Catholic art, especially his Annunciation which takes place in the same village. Ca. 1885. Oil on canvas. (source: Our copy of this paining is very close up; you can see the marks of the canvas.

** IMPORTANT ** THE IMAGE IS SMALLER THAN THE PAPER! There is a white border of about 0.5" inch for 5x7", 1.3" for 8.5x11", or 1.6" for 11x14" pictures. All Approx! Fine art printers do this because the images are almost never the same rectangular ratio of the standard paper sizes. It also gives the prints a finished look, and lets them look good in a frame without a matt.

- Acid-free paper
- Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
- Cardboard backer
- Above story of the art
- Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.

Thanks for your interest!

Sue & John

"In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art." ~ St. Pope John Paul II

Original image is out-of-copyright. Descriptive text and image alterations (hence the whole new image) © by Sue Kouma Johnson - CatholicArtAndJewelry.
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