- Glossary definition: Poussinisme

The doctrine that form, rather than colour, was the most important element in painting, as it is in the works of Nicolas Poussin (French, 1593/94-1665). It highly valued draughtsmanship and linear style of painting. This seventeenth century movement rose in reaction to Rubénisme, which favoured the colouristic brilliance and painterly style of Peter Paul Rubens.

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