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View of Meaux

MICHEL, Georges (1763 - 1843)

[image: View of Meaux]

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 57.2 x 79.7 cm

Acquired: 1982; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 2472

The grand cathedral of Meaux stands out from the flat countryside as it projects into a brooding sky. Michel was one of the earliest nineteenth-century French landscape artists to reject the neo-classical traditions of academic art and concentrate on natural atmospheric effects. He was inspired by seventeenth-century Dutch landscapes rather than Italianate sources and became an important precursor to the BarbizonSchool.


Amgueddfa Cymru, 11 November 2009, 16:46 (Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff)

Dear Johannes van der Meer,

Thank you for your enquiry, unfortunately this work is not signed. Works by Michel are in National Gallery London and Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, it would be worth contacting them to ask if there works are signed.
Sorry we could not be of any further assistance,
Thank you for your interest in Amgueddfa Cymru.

Johannes van der Meer, 11 November 2009, 14:23

Is it possible for you, to send me a close up of the sign of this painter.
WE have a painting at home and this one is signed with MICHEL left under the painting.
I heve seen a lot of Georges Michel paintings on the internet, but I can find the signature to check for the same Michel.
The style of Michel looks to the painting we have
at home but iám not sure about it. The canvas is also from that ages.
I hoop to here something from you.

yours sincerely, Johannes van der Meer

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