Paris 1763 – 1843
Landscape with a Carriage
Pen and black ink, brown and yellow wash
Provenance – Alfred Normand, his stamp (Lugt 153 c) on the verso
90 x 140 mm – 3 9/16 x 5 1/2 in.
The « French Ruysdael », as he was called by Charles Blanc and Paul Lacroix, devoted his life to landscape painting. After studying with Leduc, a painter from the Académie de Saint-Luc in Paris, Georges Michel joined Carle Vernet and Nicolas Antoine Taunay. He was employed by the dealer Jean-Baptiste Pierre Lebrun as a restorer and copyist of Norther paintings.
Georges Michel drew from the nature, during walks in the Fontainebleau forest and painted in his studio, combining plein air subjects to references from Dutch painting and a Romantic, animated touch. His drawings are those of a painter of the outside, most often small in size and sketchy, in order to capture movement and instant life.
Condition report – Very good condition, a small stain in the upper part.