Painting and the Sublime – Landscape and mythology in paintings by Nicolas Poussin with Dr Marius von Brasch (2 Sessions)
During his lifetime, French Baroque painter Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) was known as peintre-philosophe, an artist nourished by and focussing on thought and poetry. Throughout the centuries, his work has been and still is an inspiration and challenge for other painters e.g. Cézanne, Picasso, Twombly.
With great integrity and a certain disregard for everyday subjects, he aimed to cast light on fundamental questions concerning the ethical aspects of human life with powerful, poetic and perfectly structured paintings. Much of his work addresses both the sublime and meaningful journeys of transformation. Using the means of painting as ‘mute poetry’, he departs from events told in scriptures and ancient texts, as well as literature by his contemporaries.
After an introductory look at Poussin’s development, this course aims to explore several of his late mythological landscapes. Their enigmatic atmosphere and reserve leaves them open to various contemporary understandings.
Dr Marius von Brasch is a painter and researcher living on the Isle of Wight. He has a background in psychotherapy and literature, and was awarded the Abbey Fellowship in Painting at the British School at Rome. Marius has exhibited widely. See his website www.mariusvonbrasch.co.uk
This is a 2-session weekly online course (using Zoom).
Session Dates: Friday 2nd and 9th July 2021, 11.00 – 12.15 GMT
Image: Paysage avec Saint Matthieu et l’ange- Nicolas Poussin