Georges Michel

The Castle

after 1830
Michel took his inspiration from the countryside around Paris. He found a sympathetic model in the seventeenth-century Dutch landscape painters, similarly alive to the beauty of the familiar, yet Michel expresses a distinct new feeling for power of Nature and the insignificance of man. "The Castle" is typical of his maturity, the scene dramatic, the description broad but sensitive. The great arc of the threatening sky, together with the distant vista, which blends together air, land and water, is extraordinarily evocative. The artist captures Romantic sensibility - troubled, expressive responses to the natural world and to past art.
Title
The Castle
Date
after 1830
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
51.5 x 68.7 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1910
Accession number
179