Nicolas Poussin

French (1594 - 1665)
Nicolas Poussin The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine About 1628 - 1629

Biography

Born 1594
Died 1665
Nationality French
Birth place Les Andelys
Death place Rome

Poussin aimed to achieve a pure and noble style of painting inspired by the classical ideals of ancient art and the work of Raphael. Born in Normandy, he trained in Paris before arriving in Rome in 1624. Apart from a brief return to Paris (1640-42) he remained in Rome. He did not employ assistants and preferred painting for private patrons, Italian and French, who shared his scholarly and artistic interests. His work exerted a profound influence on French academic painting. The formal structure and rigour of his compositions, however, has continued to inspire modern artists.