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A Path Leading into a Forest Clearing
Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594 - 1665)
France (Place Created)
Pen and brown ink and brown wash
38.6 × 24.6 cm (15 3/16 × 9 11/16 in.)
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.