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Nicolas Poussin

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Poussin was born into a family of some local distinction in Normandy, where he probably received early training in painting. He spent most of his formative years in Paris, and he then went to Italy by at least 1624. He was a popular and influential painter who successfully subordinated dramatic narrative and the expression of extreme states of human passions to the formal harmony of designs, which were based on the beauty and precision of abstract forms. His work epitomized the contemporary search for equilibrium and synthesis between the forces of the Classical and the Baroque around which most artistic critical debate in Rome was concentrated during the 1630s.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500005036.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Nicolas Poussin:

Auguste Gaspard Louis Desnoyers Untitled (Moses and Pharoah’s daughter), 19th century Etching and engraving
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