Goatherd Opposite the Falls of Tivoli
1817 – 1819
Oil on canvas
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, USA
At the insistence of his teachers in 1817 Michallon was awarded a prize. The honour permitted the young artist to spend the nest two years in Italy, where he painted numerous outdoor sketches such as Goatherd Opposite the Falls of Tivoli. A favourite of visiting artists and tourists, Michallon painted the falls at Tivoli with a loose brushwork and a luminous palette to render a view of the countryside. The gazing goatherd represents a more informal technique and subject than the dramatic scenes Michallon usually addressed.
Born: 22 October 1796, Paris, France
Died: 24 September 1822, Paris, France
Michallon was a prodigiously talented artist who tragically died at the incredibly early age of 25. He was the son of a sculptor and studied under Jacques-Louis David and Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes. In 1817, he won the Prix de Rome for landscape painting. He studied in Italy for two years but died of pneumonia before he could develop what he had learned.