Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Poussin, Nicolas

Summer, or Ruth and Boaz (L'été ou Ruth et Booz)
Oil on canvas
1.18 × 1.6 m (1.3 × 1.7 yd)
Louvre Museum, France
Louis XIV Collection, acquired from the duke of Richelieu in 1665.

Nicolas Poussin (1594 – 1665) , the greatest French artist of the 17th century, is considered one of the founders of European classicism, a movement in art, based on antique and Renaissance heritage.
He spent most of his working life in Rome, except for a short period when Cardinal Richelieu ordered him back to France to serve as First Painter to the King, Louis XIV.
Poussin's work predominantly features clarity, logic, and order, and favors line over color. His paintings had a profound influence on many later artists, in particular such classical and classicizing painters as Paul Cézanne, and Pablo Picasso.

Ruth, a poor Moabite servant, gains permission from Boaz to glean in his fields. She becomes his wife and bears him a son, Obed, the grand-father of David, the ancestor of Christ. This painting is associated with a Biblical scene from the Old Testament and shows a particular time of day. Summer is characterized by the harvest and presents the story of Ruth and Boaz with the sun at its zenith.