Georges Michel

Landscape with Castle

1830s
Michel took inspiration from the countryside around Paris. He found a sympathetic model in the 17th-century Dutch landscape painters, similarly alive to the beauty of the familiar, yet Michel expresses a new feeling for Nature’s power and the insignificance of humanity. The scene is dramatic, the description broad but sensitive. The great arc of the threatening sky and the distant vista, which blends air, land and water, is extraordinarily evocative. The artist captures Romantic sensibility – troubled, expressive responses to the natural world and to past art. Frame: running moulding with moulded ornament, gilded. France, early 19th century
Title
Landscape with Castle
Date
1830s
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
51.5 x 68.7 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1910
Accession number
179