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Style of Georges Michel, Landscape with Trees, Buildings and a Road

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Full title Landscape with Trees, Buildings and a Road
Artist Style of Georges Michel
Artist dates 1763 - 1843
Date made possibly 1830s-1840s
Medium and support Oil on paper
Dimensions 44.5 × 68.6 cm
Acquisition credit Bought (Lewis Fund), 1908
Inventory number NG2258
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Landscape with Trees, Buildings and a Road
Style of Georges Michel

A track runs past a cottage into the distance. In the right background the roof of a further cottage is visible, and in the distance are a small clump of trees and a further cluster of houses. The foremost cottage is enclosed by a fence of logs and flanked by trees. This landscape is painted on two sheets of paper mounted onto canvas. The sky on the left side, while featureless, is painted more thickly than that on the right, where the thin paint is overlaid with storm clouds in thicker grey paint.

This treatment of the sky is typical of Michel’s work. Further elements, such as the trees and humble buildings, also feature frequently in his paintings and are ultimately inspired by Dutch seventeenth-century landscapists. However, the handling is uneven overall, and it is only possible to associate this painting with Michel, rather than to say it is definitely by him.

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