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Full title A Torrent in a Rocky Gorge
Artist Achille-Etna Michallon
Artist dates 1796 - 1822
Date made about 1818-21
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on canvas
Dimensions 38.4 × 30.6 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L855
Location Not on display
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
A Torrent in a Rocky Gorge
Achille-Etna Michallon

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.

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