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Landscape with a Plowed Field and a Village

Georges Michel (French, Paris 1763–1843 Paris)

Oil on canvas
20 1/8 x 27 5/8 in. (51.1 x 70.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Paul Durand-Ruel, 1880
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  • Gallery Label

    As a restorer at the Louvre, Michel became familiar with the great Dutch seventeenth-century landscapes by van Ruisdael, van Goyen, and Rembrandt, which strongly influenced his own style of landscape painting. This work is similar to other canvases painted after 1827 that are known to be views of a plain in the region of Brie, near Paris.

  • Catalogue Entry


  • Provenance

    Paul Durand-Ruel, Paris (until 1880)

  • Exhibition History

    Middletown, Conn. Wesleyan University. 1933, no catalogue.

    Little Rock. Arkansas Arts Center. "Five Centuries of European Painting," May 16–October 26, 1963 [Exhibited but not in catalogue; see Registrar's files ML4775A-B].

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Van Gogh as Critic and Self-Critic," October 30, 1973–January 6, 1974, no. 29.

  • References

    Alfred Sensier. Étude sur Georges Michel. Paris, 1873, ill. opp. p. 35 (engraving without caption), illustrates what may this picture, although what appears to be a group of cattle or perhaps shrubs in the right foreground have been omitted.

    Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. Diary entry. June 21, 1880 [published in "The Diaries 1871–1882 of Samuel P. Avery Art Dealer", Ed. Madeleine Fidell-Beaufort et al. New York, 1979, p. 576], notes that Durand-Ruel gave this picture to the Museum.

    Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX Century." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2, New York, 1966, p. 2, ill., as "The Old Château," probably painted in the artist's last period, after 1827; note that Sensier, Michel's biographer, mentions as subjects typical of this period, "seigneurial manor houses in the wide, cultivated plains of Brie, illuminated with rays of the pale light of November" [see A. Sensier, Étude sur Georges Michel, Paris, 1873, p. 61].

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History