The Fallen Branch, Fontainebleau
On View In:
Gallery 321
Artist:   Achille Etna Michallon  
Title:   The Fallen Branch, Fontainebleau  
Date:   c. 1816  
Medium:   Oil on canvas on card  
Dimensions:   16 1/4 x 20 1/4 in. (41.28 x 51.44 cm) (sight) 22 3/4 x 26 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (57.79 x 67.95 x 6.99 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   The Margaret G. Deal Fund and Gift of funds from the Paintings Council  
Location:   Gallery 321  

Celebrated as a prodigy at the age of 14, Michallon was awarded the first Prix de Rome for landscape painting by the French Academy in 1817 for his picture "A Woman Struck by Lightening", which depicts a figure crushed by a huge tree limb. This open air study was probably painted as an exercise in anticipation of that competition. It also relates to Michallon's first major commission, "The Oak and the Marsh", an illustration to a fable by Jean de La Fontaine of 1816. Michallon was Camille Corot's first teacher.

Name:   Michallon, Achille Etna  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1796 - 1822  

Object Description  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   plant-covered boulders in foreground, a large branch or tree has broken off and lays atop the boulders with brown dying leaves toward left background; lush dense forest spotted by birch trees at background.  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , , Paris  
Accession #:   98.34  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts