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.

The Fallen Branch, Fontainebleau, c. 1816

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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.

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Michallon, The Fallen Branch, Fountainebleau (#541)
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Title
The Fallen Branch, Fontainebleau
Artist Life
1796 - 1822
Role
Artist
Accession Number
98.34
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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.