Thursday, June 15, 2017

Born on this day. Nicolas Poussin


Dance to the Music of Time, Wikipedia
 The great French painter Nicolas Poussin was born #OTD in 1594.

Nicolas Poussin (French: [nikɔlɑ pusɛ̃]; June 1594 – 19 November 1665) was the leading painter of the classical French Baroque style, although he spent most of his working life in Rome. His work is characterized by clarity, logic, and order, and favors line over color. Until the 20th century he remained a major inspiration for such classically oriented artists as Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Paul Cézanne.

He worked in Rome for a circle of leading collectors from there and elsewhere, except for a short period when Cardinal Richelieu ordered him back to France to serve as First Painter to the King. Most of his works are history paintings of religious or mythological subjects that very often have a large landscape element.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Poussin

...Poussin brought a new intellectual rigor to the classical impulse in art, as well as a unique, somewhat reticent poetry. His sensitivity to the nuances of gesture, design, color, and handling, which he varied according to the theme at hand, permitted him to bring a very focused expression to his art and to create for each narrative a memorable and enduring form. The wide range of his oeuvre includes scenes of subdued tenderness, bacchic revelry, mourning, righteous civic virtue, and other more difficult to identify states of mind or being.
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/pous/hd_pous.htm


The Shepherds of Arcadia (Et in Arcadia ego) Louvre

Four Seasons, Autumn, Public Domain
Self Portrait, 1650 Web Gallery of Art

List of paintings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_paintings_by_Nicolas_Poussin

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