The complete catalogue of the drawings of Poussin, analyzed by leading experts on the artist.
This volume in French is the first of the prestigious series of Catalogues raisonnés on the French master draftsmen.
Over two thousand drawings by Poussin have been carefully studied by Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoîne Prat. Bearing affinities to classical antiquity and Italian painting, the language of Poussin is filled with a moral tension that accompanies the vision of the civilizations of the past, in the name of order, clarity and simplicity. The artist’s personality emerges above all in the drawings, through which it is possible to retrace the many iconographic sources of his inspiration, the cultural stimuli behind his fascinating works that generate a synthesis of nature and history, nature and myth, seen in the absolute clarity of precise perspective.
The catalogue also contains the drawings “rejected” by the two authors, those known to us only through etchings or written documentation, and a complete bibliography.