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Georges Michel

Landscape (with Sea)


Georges Michel
Paris 1763 – Paris 1843


Landscape (with Sea)


About 1820-1830


Oil on canvas


64.8 x 81.3 cm


William F. Angus Bequest, inv. 1952.1077


Western Art

A precursor to the naturalistic yet Romantic school of landscape painting, Georges Michel belonged to a “Dutch-revival” movement. Seventeenth-century Dutch landscape painters enjoyed renewed favour from art lovers, who appreciated their earnest, unaffected feeling. Michel, known as a “French Ruisdael,” copied and restored their works, which is how he became acquainted with the Dutch Old Masters. Each day, “the old painter of Montmartre,” as he was also known, walked around Paris and its outskirts, seeking subjects to record from life. It was only upon the 1841 sale of his studio, where a thousand paintings were piled up, that the Romantic generation discovered Michel’s modernity, his “wild” brushwork and his “furious” execution. After the fact, critics considered Michel to be a forerunner of the Barbizon School.

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