To enter darkness and create images is something Emile Zola did exceptionally well. Photography would seem to be the perfect artistic medium for the father of Naturalism, a man committed to portraying reality without embellishment or aversion. The camera was to be a revelation and a consolation for Zola. Unlike literature no one could argue with its truth. However, the photographs in this collection are more than simply mechanistic representations of the world. They are soulful, experimental and intimate while also technically skilled glimpses into the life and times of Zola.
Rather than thinking of Zola as a novelist who took pictures, we may instead come to view him as an artist who both wrote and made photographs. There are many reasons to consider Zola’s journalism, novels and photographic work as interconnected parts of one creative-scientific practice, a lifelong quest to see and to speak the truth. Zola was not interested in writing fiction per se – his was a project of rendering the world on paper: whether the loose-leaf on which he penned his manuscripts or the aristotype paper on to which he exposed his glass negatives in his basement darkrooms.
Galerie Meyer - Oceanic Art celebrates 39 years of fine antiques and Tribal Art in 2019. The original gallery was opened by my father, Oscar Meyer, on rue du Sabot just a few streets away, on the other side of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 1946/1947. Later in the early 1950's he moved to the United States, met and married my mother, Rita Alix Meyer. They settled in Los Angeles and opened up a very large gallery at 847 North La Cienega Bd. They closed in 1971 and moved to Paris where they took an early retirement from the active world of dealing in art and devoted themselves to collecting. After my father's death in 1979, Rita Alix Meyer opened a small shop in the “Louvre des Antiquaires”.