"Even in Arcadia I exist" may be taken to suggest that some things will not stand the test of time. I predict that Twombly's work will be soon stored in a cabinet of oddities.
Let’s turn Poussin’s painting upside down and examine it:
|Poussin, Arcadian Shepherds, inverted|
|Poussin, Arcadian Shepherds, inverted, detail|
Given all this, Dr. Barnes argues Poussin was rather “the last of the Renaissance than a constructive factor in post-Renaissance painting. . . .This general classic and Renaissance feeling makes Poussin seem less modern than his contemporaries, Rembrandt, Claude, and Velásquez, or even Rubens. Poussin must be considered as a fine flower of the Renaissance, to the traditions of which he added a quality of choiceness made up of charm, suavity, and delicacy reinforced by strength.”
In the next few posts, I will explore how an artist creates by using the traditions of art and how we evaluate his achievement. I will do so by examining the work of Edward L. Loper, Sr.