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Twombly and Poussin - Arcadian Painters

September 23, 2011 by Kay

“I would’ve liked to have been Poussin, if I’d had a choice, in another time.” Cy Twombly

A unique exploration of contemporary artist Cy Twombly (April 25 1928 - 5 July 2011) and 17th century classical painter Nicolas Poussin (1594 -1665). This exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery will look at these two figures side by side for the first time.

Nicolas Poussin, Rinaldo and Armida (c. 1630)
© By permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery

Separated by three centuries the two artists nonetheless share remarkable similarities. The connections are highlighted through the key themes of Arcadia and the pastoral, Venus and Eros, anxiety and theatricality and mythological figures that are central to both artists' work.

Cy Twombly, Hero and Leandro, 1985, 202 x 254cm, Private Collection, Courtesy Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich, © Cy Twombly

Below is a two-part 55 minute lecture that took place at Dulwich Picture Gallery to coincide with the exhibition 'Cy Twombly andNicolas Poussin - Arcadian Painters'.


For more information visit Dulwich Picture Gallery.