A Torrent in a Rocky Gorge

Like many of his contemporaries, Michallon frequently painted foaming water rushing over rocks, as well as rocky grottoes and crags, both in France and Italy. Michallon has used rectangular patches of colour to suggest the rock face, a range of green and blue tones and quick touches of white paint to capture the swift-moving water.

Key facts

Artist dates
1796 - 1822
Full title
A Torrent in a Rocky Gorge
Date made
about 1818-21
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on canvas
38.4 × 30.6 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery