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 Georges Michel  (1763 - 1843)

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Lived/Active: France      Known for: rural landscape painting

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Georges Michel (12 January 1763 – 7 or 8 June 1843) was a French landscape painter. An important precursor of the Barbizon school, Michel was practically unknown during his lifetime, and worked as copyist and restorer.

Michel was born in Paris. His father was an employee at Les Halles, a large marketplace in the central part of the city. Michel's first patron, at a very early age, was a certain Monsieur de Chalue.  His first painting teacher was Leduc, a history painter, and later Michel studied under Nicolas-Antoine Taunay.

Although he exhibited at the Paris Salon, he failed to achieve recognition and earned his living by working as copyist and restorer; he specialized in Dutch paintings and was helped in business by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun's husband.

Most of Michel's work concentrates on rural landscapes in the area around Paris.  He was influenced by Dutch landscape painters such as Jacob van Ruisdael and Meindert Hobbema.

Michel worked in oil and watercolor with equal facility.  He was forgotten for decades after his death; the first large exhibition of his work was presented by the Parisian Jean Charpentier hotel, in 1927. 

Today his works are found in museums around the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Vanderbilt University Gallery, Strasbourg Musée des Beaux-Arts, Victoria and Albert Museum, and many others.

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A predecessor to the Barbizon painters by a generation, George Michel did work which shows the influence of the 17th century Dutch masters.  His extensive landscapes, which are very painterly and almost liquid in brushstroke, record the countryside near Paris, where the artist spent most of his life. Michel was humble in his living and outlook on life.

He had a large family to support and was able to do this by providing art lessons to the aristocracy, copying Dutch landscape paintings for sale abroad, restoring paintings at The Louvre and was even the proprietor of a modest gallery.

It was the Barbizon artists, in particular Jules Dupre and Charles Emile Jacque who appreciated and called attention to Michel's work.

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