Georges Michel – Paris
1763 – 1843 Paris, France Stormy Landscape with Windmill, Argenteuil, France
“Stormy Landscape with Windmill, Argenteuil, France”
Oil on paper laid down on canvas
48.0 by 54.0 c; 19 by 21 1/4 inches.
From a southern German private collection, near Augsburg, passed down through several generations.
L. Harambourg, Georges Michel, 1985, p.255
The viewpoint can be located to a view in Argenteuil on a hill near Rue Orgemont, looking across the north of Paris, where there still exists a windmill.
A larger version, of a slightly different format, of this painting is in the Musee des Beaux Arts, Pau, France.
Georges Michel 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 one Leduc, a history painter, and later Michel studied under Nicolas-Antoine Taunay. 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, most of which was on paper laid onto canvas and watercolour with equal facility. 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.