Achille Etna Michallon, Paris 1796 - 1822 Paris
During his too brief career, Achille Michallon brought new energy to the genre of landscape painting during the first quarter of the nineteenth century in France. The son of a sculptor, the young Achille was a precocious talent who drew from life at an early age and studied with Jacques-Louis David, Pierre Henri de Valenciennes, and Jean-Victor Bertin. Michallon first exhibited at the Salon in 1812, receiving a second prize gold medal, a remarkable achievement for an artist then only fifteen years old. In 1817, Michallon exhibited two further works at the Salon, for which he was awarded the first ever Prix de Rome for historical landscape painting. Following his stint at the Villa Medici, in 1819 and 1820 Michallon travelled through southern Italy and Sicily, returning to France in 1821. In Paris he opened a studio frequented by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and executed pictures which combined the classicism of historical landscape modelled ultimately on Poussin with the sensitive study of nature and its atmospheric and emotional potential. He died at the age of twenty-six.