Historical Landscape by Twilight, Apollo chasing Daphne, (painting)
Pousin, Gasper and Nicola
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 147 (Sale info: For Sale).
"The character of this composition is that of a simple grandeur; the breadth and the umbrageous hues admirably express the approach of night, when all the minuteness of forms are lost in one general mass of obscurity and indistinctness; the sun's last parting rays, partially illuminating the objects on the fore- ground give great zest and beauty to the whole. gasper Pousin undoubtedly was one of the most celebrated painters of landscape that ever appeared; and it is generally thought that no painter ever studied to better purpose, or represented the effects of land storms more happily than gasper; every tree shews a proper and natural degree of agitation, every leaf is in motion. His scenes are always beautifully chosen, as also are the sites of his buildings; and those buildings have a pleasing effect by a mixture of simplicity and elegance. His distances recede from the eye with abundance of perspective beauty; his grounds are charmingly broken; and his figures, trees, and other objects are so judiciously placed, and proportioned to the distance, as to create a most agreeable deception; he had a free and delicate manner of pencilling, and was exceedingly expeditious in his works, and it is confidently reported by authentic writers, that he finished a large landscape and inserted all the requistie figures, within the compass of one day. He designed human figures but very indifferently, and for that reason he frequently prevailed on Nichola to paint them for him, and they were always introduced with the utmost propriety and judgment. No commedation can seem superior to their desert; and the exceeding great prices they could afford, shew that they are deservedly admired in every nation, where the art of painting is either cultivated or understood. Painted by Nichola and Gasper Pousin, born in France 1606, died 1663." [P. 27.]
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