MICHEL Charles

SEATED ELEGANT LADY

Gouache on paper: 56 x 40 cm / 22 x 15.7 in
Signed lower right; inscription on the back

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

Charles Michel studied at the Academy of his birth-place. At the age of seventeen, he left for Paris where he studied under François Benjamin Constant and Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Paris School of Fine Arts. In 1894, he exhibited at the London Royal Academy, then returned to Belgium, did some pictures as illustrations and worked especially at decorative paintings. In 1905, he undertook all the drawings for 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 ‘Pour l’Art’.

Michel specialized in oriental scenes.

Period:
Liège 1874 - 1972
Belgian School

Exhibitions:
Liège - Ixelles (Brussels) - Paris

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