Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9780948462108 Published June 1997 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780948462436 Published March 1999 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Nicolas Poussin

Dialectics of Painting

Oskar Bätschmann

Nicolas Poussin
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174 pages | 8.25 x 10.75
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9780948462108 Published June 1997 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780948462436 Published March 1999 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In this highly original and innovative study of Nicolas Poussin, one of seventeenth-century Europe's greatest artists, Oskar Batschmann presents a series of connected studies that offer new ways of interpreting the work and ideas of this brilliant and complex figure. This superbly illustrated book is a polemical challenge in a field of art-historical research that has often lost its way in insoluble disputes and erudite details.

"Like Poussin's paintings, this is a highly polished work. In prose of great elegance, Batschmann achieves an almost perfect balance between exposition and polemic."—Times Literary Supplement

"This is a tough but rewarding book, focusing not so much on the context of Poussin's book – its extrinsic framework – but intently on the work itself, and the attitude of Poussin to his subject-matter, from history painting to the holy family, and what Batschmann calls 'tragic landscape'."—The Sunday Times
Contents
Foreword
PART I
1. Light and Shade: Drawings
2. Jugement: Selection and Use
3. Light and Colour
4. Presence - Absence
5. Deliverance - Destruction
PART II
6. Landscape with Pyramus and Thisbe, 1651
7. The Discourse of Painting
8. The Functions of Represented Architecture
Notes
Chronology
Select Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Photographic Acknowledgments
Index
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