Poussin Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonne

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Born in Normandy in 1594, Poussin was in his early twenties before his interest in the arts led him to Rome. He detached himself from the popular Baroque movement of his native school, choosing instead to echo the monumentality and classical clarity of the Renaissance. Poussin's influences, from the sensuous renderings of Titian to the later, bolder themes of antiquity, mythology and religion produced an impressive collection of paintings ranging from The Worship of the Golden Calf (c.1634) to Four Seasons (c.1664, painted shortly before his death in 1665). All his works testified to a strong classical idiom and, though Poussin did not live to see his style accepted, his combination of clarity and logic strongly influenced classically oriented artists such as Benjamin West, Jacques-Louis David and Paul CÚzanne. In this revealing study, illustrated in full color, Christopher Wright, charts Poussin's stylistic development in 17th century Rome from his experimental early pictures through to the uncompromising works of his later years. In the last twenty years at least a dozen new paintings have come to light, including the spectacular Sack of the Temple of Jerusalem by the Roman Emperor Titus, now in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Wright presents considered arguments on the interpretation of Poussin's corpus of paintings as well as the violent controversies surrounding the authenticity of many of them.

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CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT is a distinguished art historian, who specialises in seventeenth-century painting and is a world authority on Vermeer. He graduated from the University of Leeds and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and has subsequently written over twenty volumes including monographs of Georges de la Tour (1974 with Benedict Nicolson), Poussin (1985), and Rembrandt (2000). He has also published articles in many art periodicals including The Burlington Magazine.

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Considered to be the founder of seventeenth century French classical painting, Nicholas Poussin is esteemed as one of the most influential artists of his time. 'Poussin' by art historian Christopher Wright is the analytical biography of this great artist's life and work. Superbly illustrated throughout in full color, Poussin's stylistic development from his experimental early pictures in Rome through the uncompromising works of his later years is laid out beautifully in chronological order. From his birth in 1594 to his death in 1665, 'Poussin' is a truly definitive work, the result of years of meticulous and original research translated for the non-specialist general reader by a master historian. Simply stated, no academic or community library Art History collection can be considered definitive or comprehensive without the inclusion of Christopher Wright's 'Poussin'. --Midwest Book Review

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