twombly and poussin: arcadian painters

13 January 2011 § 1 Comment

Whilst viewing the Norman Rockwell (reviewed in a recent post) at the lovely Dulwich Picture Gallery I took a look through their upcoming programme. The most intriguing of combinations arrives on the 29 June 2011. The American post-war artist Cy Twombly is paired with Poussin,  the 17th Century painter of neo-classical landscapes.

The exhibition seems to have been founded on a Twombly quote; “I would’ve liked to have been Poussin, if I’d had a choice, in another time.”  

The Gallery states that ‘Separated by three centuries the two artists nonetheless share remarkable similarities. The connections are highlighted through the key themes of Arcadia and the pastoral, passion and love, violence and war and mythological figures that are central to both artists’ work.’

On the face of it these are two artists linked by the thinnest of threads. One cannot accuse the gallery of being unadventurous and this will be a tough exhibition to pull off successfully. Despite reservations I do however look forward to seeing them try!

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§ One Response to twombly and poussin: arcadian painters

  • Good luck to them! The thread is as so thin as to be invisible. I have respect for Mr. Twombly, but it’s manifestly ridiculous to suggest that there is any *pictorially* meaningful link to be drawn between his art and Poussin’s.

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