Bold Pencil, The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame by Charles JOUAS

Bold Pencil, The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame by Charles JOUAS


Charles JOUAS (1866-1942),
Prolific draughtsman, he is considered in his field as one of the last great romantic artists.
He illustrated Le Maroc by Pierre Loti and Les Poèmes parisiens by Emile Goudeau, and La Cathédrale by Huysmans.

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31.5 cm


39.5 cm

Here the artist represents 2 of the 54 chimeras designed by Viollet-le-Duc around 1850 during the restoration of Notre-Dame.
They were installed on the west gallery, which links the two towers of Notre-Dame.

Chimeras and gargoyles differ in their functionality.
The gargoyles allow rainwater to drain away without touching the walls and thus wearing down the stone.
Chimeras are purely decorative and their only common feature is their aestheticism: fantastic, dark and frightening.

Viollet-le-Duc creates a supernatural bestiary: goats, eagles, devils and hybrid beings... In our drawing, in the foreground, one of his monsters, and behind it, an eagle with its beak open.
The perspective gives the impression that the birds are coming straight out of the eagle's beak, sailing through the sky like a bad omen.