one of the leading French painters of the 1600's, was one of the last
important artists to paint in the classical manner of the Renaissance.
His art is marked by a strong sense of form and order, which seems to
control the appearance of all objects in his pictures. He subordinated
color to form, and felt that subject matter should be as noble as
One of Poussin's paintings, Saint John on Patmos. His art and principles
strongly affected the work of the French Academy when it was founded in
1635. Poussin was born in Les Andelys. In 1624 he went to Rome, where he
lived most of his life. In 1640, he helped decorate the Louvre in Paris.
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