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  • POUSSIN, Gaspar(d)
    c.1615-75






    Painter



  • Gaspar(d) Poussin's name was Dughet but he adopted the name of his illustrious brother-in-law Nicolas, whose pupil he was c.1631-c.1635. He lived and worked in Rome and its surroundings and attempted, not entirely unsuccessfully, the difficult feat of combining the landscape style and the principles of Poussin and Claude. The Land Storm landscape was invented by him. He was immensely popular during the 18th century, so that most of the older galleries and collections have examples, although these are always attributions, for apart from some frescoes in S. Martino ai Monti in Rome (probaly 1648-51) nothing can positively be assigned to him, although frescoes in Rome (Quirinal (1657), Borghese (1671-2) and Colonna palaces) are accepted as his.

    Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh (NG), London (NG, Dulwich and Kenwood), Manchester (Whitworth) and Oxford have examples of what the 18th century understood by 'Gaspar'.

  • Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)





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