Poussin and Nature
February 12–May 11, 2008
French master Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665) painted some of the most influential landscapes in Western art. In them, nature is viewed "through the glass of time" and endowed with a poetic quality that has been admired by painters as different as Constable, Turner, and Cézanne. This is the first exhibition to examine the landscapes of this great painter. It brings together about forty paintings, ranging from his early, lyrical, Venetian-inspired pastorals to his grandly structured and austere works in which the artist meditated upon Nature, its transformations and its renewals. An equal number of drawings are on view, the most luminous of which were done en plein air.
In the Light of Poussin: The Classical Landscape Tradition is an installation of prints and drawings selected almost entirely from the Museum's holdings. It features landscapes created by artists in the international milieu of seventeenth-century Rome as well by those who, although separated by distance or time, felt the ripple of this influence.