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A supreme master of formal design in Western art, Poussin was the greatest painter of the French classical period (its “Golden Age” or 17th Century), contrasting with the excesses of the Baroque. A modest, yet proud and independent spirit, he refused to live the life of a courtier despite entreaties such as the prestigious title of “First Painter of the King” bestowed upon him by both Louis XIII and Louis XIV. Poussin spent most of his life in Rome, patronized by merchants, bankers, and civil servants. Inspired by Plutarch, Homer and the Bible, this artist who excelled in all genres ceaselessly tried to move and elevate. This is why he has remained, even throughout the 20th century, the major source of inspiration for painters attracted by the classical style, like David, Ingres, and even Seurat, Cézanne, and even Picasso.