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The painting was written by the founder of such a direction in painting as classicism in 1649. Nikola Poussin was famous for his ability to reveal the themes of the modern era for him, often turning to the themes of ancient mythology. He tried to show examples of high morality and valor, and also tried to instill in his contemporaries an understanding of the perfect personality. In his work throughout his life, one can trace constancy, as well as moral and ideological orientation. This was one of the reasons why creativity was recognized as a benchmark for art institutions in France. He painted his self-portrait in 1649, depicting himself on it at the age of 53 years.
In the center of the canvas is Poussin himself, dressed in a black mantle, which closes it tightly. Under the throat, a small white collar separates the black fabric from the skin on the neck. The long tight-fitting sleeves of the robe reach the wrists, snuggling tightly against the skin. He holds a book in his right hand and a pencil in his left. It looks like he is going to sketch out something he is looking at. And the gaze of his dark eyes is directed exactly at the viewer.
Dark, almost black hair fell over the shoulders; gray hair had not yet crept into them. A neat mustache with a thin line is located above the upper lip, on the rest of the chin there is no beard or stubble. His gaze, looking beyond the bounds of the picture, is calm and seems to be studying someone who is on this side of the picture. Black eyebrows and small wrinkles that have already appeared on the face of the master, do not spoil him at all. Behind it is a brown wall, on which nothing is depicted, except for the relief knocked out on it.
Beach in Purville Claude Monet