Poussin and Dance. An Outright Celebration at the National Gallery

Poussin and Dance. An Outright Celebration at the National Gallery
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The National Gallery celebrates the joy of living with an exhibition dedicated to Nicolas Poussin. Elegant images of parties, dances erupting in the middle of the forest, semi-nude figures that spin in the air among rivers of wine, these are the protagonists of around twenty works that demon-strate the ability of the painter to capture the dynamism and the expressive potential of the human body. Fascinated by dance, the French master studied it on canvas and paper, but also with sculptures of marble, clay and wax. From Jacques-Louis David to Paul Cézanne, from Pablo Picasso to Francis Bacon, many artists were inspired by the works of Poussin. However, the public often finds his works difficult to comprehend. This London exhibition seeks to change this perception, concentrating on the more emotional aspects, never before explored in an exhibition. Paintings and drawings from private and public collections from around the world shine a light on the more lively and wild work of Poussin, comparing it with classical and Renaissance sources - from ancient sculpture to the painting of Raphael and Titian - which captured the attention of the artist during his lengthy and impassioned Roman sojourn.
Francesca Grego - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London