A Path Leading into a Forest Clearing

Object Details

Title:

A Path Leading into a Forest Clearing

Artist/Maker:

Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594 - 1665)

Culture:

French

Place:

France (Place created)

Date:

about 1635 - 1640

Medium:

Pen and brown ink and brown wash

Dimensions:

38.6 × 24.6 cm (15 3/16 × 9 11/16 in.)

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Nicolas Poussin is primarily known as a painter of history subjects, but he was also an accomplished landscapist. He probably made this drawing for its own sake, rather than as a study for a painting.

Poussin probably made this view on the spot. He captured the atmosphere of a wooded path opening onto a grassy clearing, with sunlight streaming through a thicket of trees. With vivid touches of his pen and brush, he skillfully suggested the deep shadows on the trunks of the trees and the sunlight penetrating their foliage.

Provenance
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A. Strölin

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Madame Jacqueline Strölin, Lausanne

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Art Market (London)

Exhibitions
Master Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998
Landscape Drawings 1500 - 1900 (June 9 to August 23, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 9 to August 23, 1998
Visions of Grandeur: Drawing in the Baroque Age (June 1 to September 12, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 1 to September 12, 2004
Poussin and Nature (October 8, 2007 to May 11, 2008) (79)
  • Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, October 8, 2007 to January 13, 2008
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), February 12 to May 11, 2008
Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes (July 28 to November 1, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 28 to November 1, 2009
The Poetry of Paper (July 23 to October 20, 2013)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 23 to October 20, 2013