Achille Etna Michallon

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Achille Etna Michallon
Achille Etna Michallon.jpg
Born(1796-10-22)22 October 1796
Died24 September 1822(1822-09-24) (aged 25)
EducationJacques-Louis David
Alexandre-Hyacinthe Dunouy
Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes
Known forpainting
La femme foudroyée, Louvre
The Oak and the Reed (Fitzwilliam Museum)

Achille Etna Michallon (1796–1822) was a French painter.

Michallon was the son of the sculptor Claude Michallon and nephew of the sculptor Guillaume Francin.[1] He studied under Jacques-Louis David and Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes. In 1817, Michallon won the inaugural Prix de Rome for landscape painting. He travelled to Italy in 1818 and remained there for over two years. This trip had a profound influence on his work. Before he had much time to develop what he had learned however, he died at the age of 25 of pneumonia,[2] a tragedy which cut short the life of a talented and well respected artist who could have gone on to win lasting fame. Though it is often disputed, it is thought that at one time, Corot was his pupil.

Selective list of works[edit]


  • Raymond Escholier La peinture française du XIXe siècle, de David à Géricaut, Librairie Floury, 1941.
  • Pierre Caillau-Lamicq, « Achille-Etna Michallon », in Pierre Miquel, Le paysage français au XIX° siècle, Mantes-la-Jolie, 1975, T. II, p. 75-85.
  • Achille-Etna Michallon, Catalogue de l'exposition, Paris, musée du Louvre, 1994.
  • Blandine Lesage, « Achille-Etna Michallon (1796-1822). Catalogue de l'œuvre peint », in Gazette des Beaux-Arts, October 1997, T. CXXX.


  1. ^ Treydel, Renate (2016). "Michallon, Achille Etna". In Beyer, Andreas (ed.). Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. Vol. 89. Berlin: De Gruyter. p. 326. ISBN 9783598227554.
  2. ^ Bajou, Valérie M.C. (1996). Turner, Jane (ed.). Dictionary of Art. Vol. 21. London: Macmillan. pp. 425–426. ISBN 1884446000.