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Georges Michel, Landscape, ca. 1830, oil on canvas, Gift of Mrs. Lillian B. Ladd, public domain, 38.12

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Title

Landscape

Artist

Georges Michel (French, 1763-1843)

Date

ca. 1830

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

29 in x 40 in

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

French

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Lillian B. Ladd

Accession Number

38.12

Copyright

public domain

Terms

canvas

landscapes

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Mary and Pete Mark Gallery

Description

Never achieving recognition in his lifetime, Georges Michel found employment as a restorer of Dutch and Flemish paintings, and drew inspiration from the moody landscapes of the 17th-century masters whose work he knew so well. Following their example, Michel chose scenes familiar to him, in this instance the countryside outside Paris. The dominance of the storm-swept sky over the panoramic sweep of cultivated land, another hallmark of earlier Dutch painting, lends brooding grandeur to an otherwise ordinary view. Michel was eventually to be hailed as the precursor of the Barbizon school of landscape painting.

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