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New! Rest on the Way into Egypt – Luc-Olivier Merson – Beautiful Catholic Artwork – Archival Quality

New! Rest on the Way into Egypt – Luc-Olivier Merson – Beautiful Catholic Artwork – Archival Quality

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The stillness of the desert night is so striking in this picture. The width of it too gives it the "lone and level sands stretching far away" feel. The Holy Family is in Egypt. And Mary resting in the contented arms of the Sphinx! That is a trope occasionally seen in French art of the period, and we're wondering if Merson invented it. The Sphinx, we presume, is smiling because the Light of the World rests next to his formerly dead pagan heart.

Luc Olivier Merson (1846-1920) was a French painter who did some of the most innovative work in Catholic art of the 19th and 20th Centuries. He was also very popular and did currency and stamp designs for France, as well as church decorations, including the huge art behind the altar at the magnificent Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre. He came from an artistic Catholic family and was in the Paris Salons at age 20. He did this painting in 1880. This is a slightly cropped version to fit modern paper, but we can print it in its original width on custom requests. The original is 28x50 inches. It is housed at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

** 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! Let us know if you would like a custom print of this with different margins. Fine art printers print with margins 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

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