Nicolas Poussin has repeatedly said that the perception of any work of art requires the hard work of thought. Reason plays a primary role in the works of the master himself. Place every detail in the composition thought out and verified.
Everything is ordered and irrevocable. This is the power of the emerging classicism. But this is his weakness. For it is possible to subordinate art once and for all to the established rules, only by draining it and slaying it. For the creative method of Poussin, his theory was organic. But over time, she acquired the features of Procrustean bed.
Everything that went beyond its framework was ruthlessly cut off. And cut off, alas, it is alive. On the bed remained “perfect stump”. The sprout of classicism, cherished by Poussin, bore fruit that could not quench the thirst for harmony.