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.