Jésus sur la croix

Large Épinal prints were folded and bound directly into the magazine. These cheap color-stenciled woodcuts were still available in bookstalls along the Seine, but their primitive quality belonged to an earlier part of the nineteenth century. By the 1890s, the Pellerin firm was reproducing the woodcuts using photomechanical processes. Jarry and Gourmont commissioned hundreds of copies to include in L’Ymagier. In essays relating to the iconography and history of the woodcut, the editors lauded the most famous engraver of Épinal prints, François Georgin, as a master worthy of comparison to Albrecht Dürer.

François Georgin (1801–1863), Jésus sur la croix, Épinal print, 1824, reprinted by the Pellerin firm, in L’Ymagier, no. 1 (October 1894). The Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Gift of Robert J. And Linda Klieger Stillman, 2017. PML 197080.