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Poussin Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonne [Hardcover]

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Born in Normandy in 1594, Poussin was in his early twenties before his interest in the arts led him to Rome. He detached himself from the popular Baroque movement of his native school, choosing instead to echo the monumentality and classical clarity of the Renaissance. Poussin's influences, from the sensuous renderings of Titian to the later, bolder themes of antiquity, mythology and religion produced an impressive collection of paintings ranging from The Worship of the Golden Calf (c.1634) to Four Seasons (c.1664, painted shortly before his death in 1665). All his works testified to a strong classical idiom and, though Poussin did not live to see his style accepted, his combination of clarity and logic strongly influenced classically oriented artists such as Benjamin West, Jacques-Louis David and Paul Czanne. In this revealing study, illustrated in full color, Christopher Wright, charts Poussin's stylistic development in 17th century Rome from his experimental early pictures through to the uncompromising works of his later years. In the last twenty years at least a dozen new paintings have come to light, including the spectacular Sack of the Temple of Jerusalem by the Roman Emperor Titus, now in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Wright presents considered arguments on the interpretation of Poussin's corpus of paintings as well as the violent controversies surrounding the authenticity of many of them.

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.3" Width: 9.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 7, 2007
Publisher   Chaucer Press
ISBN  1904449581  
ISBN13  9781904449584  

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Good book, but shameful production values in reprint edition  Apr 22, 2008
I bought Christopher Wright's Catalogue Raisonne of Poussin's paintings more than 10 years ago and it opened up this French master's world for me. Since Wright's book just came back in print, I had the opportunity to look at it brand new in a bookstore. Well, the reproductions in this brand new Chaucer Press reprint are appallingly bad! The pictures in the earlier edition I picked up in the late 1990s are a little dark, and 30 are relegated to black-and-white (most, around 180, are color), but the pictures all the same are serviceable and in any case much better than what you see in the Chaucer quickie production. So instead of purchasing this book new, may I suggest looking for the SAME title with almost completely the SAME text that has the SAME BUT BETTER REPRODUCTIONS under the Harlequin Books or Jupiter Books imprint from 1985. I understand the Chaucer edition includes some revisions, but its lousy printing quality prevents it from replacing the older book. Poussin's light is so faintly and subtly gray that reproductions are very hard to do to begin with, and I've never seen them done in any book quite right, but the photography in the older edition of Wright's book that I've cited at least attempts to convey the dimness which is part of the true experience and the photos are not badly taken. The photos I've seen online aren't any better than the ugly Chaucer edition. The book in its Harlequin or Jupiter edition is a good place to start with Poussin, a well-developed outline of his career, some healthy opinionated interpretation and lots and lots of pictures. What you want at the least is a competent or better photograph of every painting at a reasonable cost and you get that with the old version of the book. By the way, almost half of the black-and-white photos in the 1985 Wright book represent paintings in Russian collections, and all of these are reproduced in good color in "Nicolas Poussin: The Master of Colours" published by Parkstone/Aurora, which is available cheap.
Did Poussin paint Martians?  Feb 25, 2008
Shame on Chaucer Press and Christopher Wright for the pathetic quality of color reproductions in this book. Without a doubt the worst I have ever seen. Many of the paintings have a garish green cast (even the fleshtones are green) and thats just the beginning. Do not waste another second considering this book if reproductions are of any concern whatsoever.
Good scolarship, but horrible reproductions. BEWARE!!  Feb 5, 2008
I awaited many years to see a new Poussin "catalogue raisonnè",
but now I'm disappointed.
I'm sure about Wright's thorough scolarship, but nearly ALL the reproductions here are too small, and with HORRIBLE, bad colours!!
It's really a pity.
I'll return to the good and bigger photos in "Nicolas Poussin", 1994 ex.catalogue (Paris, RMN; see also the London edition), awaiting to see the english edition of "Poussin and nature", an exhibition held in Bilbao and now opening at the MET in New York.
Gabriele, an "italian lover" of Poussin.
Poussin catalogue raisonne with color illustrations for the general readers and art scholar  Nov 26, 2007
More than 200 Poussin paintings are catalogued by color illustrations of varying sizes up to half a page in the general chronology in which they were done, with allowances for uncertainties as to the exact dating of some and recognition that the 17th-century Italian artist worked sporadically on some paintings. Wright's annotations with each painting are of special interest to the art scholar and also informative to the general reader. With some variations depending on relevance and available data, annotations with titled sections include: a painting's history, other catalogues raisonne in which it has been recorded, museum catalogs where it has been recorded, exhibitions of it, and less technically, its theme and a pithy comment mentioning as applicable problems in determining its date of completion, comparison with other Poussin works, and points about details or reference for Poussin characteristics or development. Weaving among the numerous paintings is Wright's light-handed, but knowledgeable commentary on historical, cultural, and artistic material concerning Poussin.

Additionally, as lengthy back matter after the catalogue and commentary are sections on works attributed to Poussin not found in the catalog because they have been called into doubt by "one or more of the leading authorities"; lost and newly attributed paintings (surviving only as engravings for example); chronology of Poussin's life (1594-1665); excerpts from a few of the many letters written by the artist; comments from critics; "Chronology and History of Paintings and Collections"; a listing of Poussin's patrons regarding particular paintings; and bibliographical material and two indexes.

This second edition--earlier one published in 1985--incorporates the "large number of small changes [that] have been made to Poussin's oeuvre"; including a few newly-attributed paintings. For its art-book quality, reader-friendly organization, and comprehensiveness, this "Poussin" stands out as reference for this major artist; and it can also serve as an introduction to his work.
A truly definitive work  Nov 3, 2007
Considered to be the founder of seventeenth century French classical painting, Nicholas Poussin is esteemed as one of the most influential artists of his time. "Poussin" by art historian Christopher Wright is the analytical biography of this great artist's life and work. Superbly illustrated throughout in full color, Poussin's stylistic development from his experimental early pictures in Rome through the uncompromising works of his later years is laid out beautifully in chronological order. From his birth in 1594 to his death in 1665, "Poussin" is a truly definitive work, the result of years of meticulous and original research translated for the non-specialist general reader by a master historian. Simply stated, no academic or community library Art History collection can be considered definitive or comprehensive without the inclusion of Christopher Wright's "Poussin".

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