MICHEL Charles


Oil on canvas: 144 x 205 cm / 56.7 x 80.7 in (without frame); 173 x 234 cm / 68.1 x 92 in (with frame)
Signed lower left

Painter of figures, portraits, oriental scenes and landscapes; watercolourist, illustrator, lithographer, decorator and creator of posters.

Charles Michel studied at the Academy of his birth-place. At the age of 17 he left for Paris where he studied under Constant and Gérôme at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts (National School of Fine Arts). In 1894 he exhibited at the London Royal Academy, then returned to Belgium, made some illustrations and worked especially at decorative paintings. In 1905 he undertook all the drawings of his famous “Tournament of Chivalry” and in 1930 he made the plans for the chariots of the “Procession of Lights”.

He was a member of the ‘Société des Aquafortistes Belges’ and the art cercles ‘Pour l’Art’ and ‘La Gravure Originale Belge’. He lived at the Brussels Grand-Place during the 30’s and 40’s of the 20th century.

Charles Michel specialized in oriental scenes.

His works exhale dreams, poetry and sensuality.

Liège 1874 - 1967
Belgian School

Ixelles (Brussels) - Liège - Paris

P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 471-472.