Poussin as a Painter

From Classicism to Abstraction

Richard Verdi

Poussin as a Painter

Richard Verdi

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352 pages | 223 color plates, 18 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 3/4
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9781789141474 Will Publish October 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Universally regarded as the father of French painting, Nicolas Poussin is arguably the greatest of all painters of the French school. Yet Poussin’s reputation has been founded more on the intellectual and philosophical qualities of his art than its sheer visual beauty.

In Poussin as a Painter: From Classicism to Abstraction, Richard Verdi redresses the balance, describing and analyzing Poussin’s outstanding gifts as a pictorial storyteller, designer, and colorist—in short, the purely aesthetic (and often abstract) aspects of his art that have inspired so many later painters, from Turner to Cézanne to Picasso. The book features more than two hundred illustrations, the majority in color, and encompasses all aspects of Poussin’s art from the mid-1620s to his death in 1665. This groundbreaking study will shed new light on this significant French painter.
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Paul Spencer-Longhurst, editor of "Richard Wilson Online," Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
“By careful forensic analysis of each composition, the author reveals how Poussin’s rigor and discipline forge unity from diversity.”
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