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Allegrain, Etienne
Landscape with a Lake
Around 1700

The ideal landscape of Nicolas Poussin—defined by trees framing the central scene, subtle diagonals leading to the horizon, ancient buildings occupying the background and an even illumination—inspired painters in the latter half of the seventeenth century. Etienne Allegrain, who did not travel to Rome, likely knew the artist’s pioneering style through his paintings or those of his followers. Here, he embellishes Poussin’s compositional framework with heightened detail, like the weeds sprouting atop the temple and the extremely verdant character of the terrain, to appeal to the eighteenth-century French taste for landscape.

 
Allegrain, Etienne
Paris, France 1644–Paris, France 1736
Landscape with a Lake
Around 1700
Oil on canvas
56.5 x 78.0 cm
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Bader through the Friends of Queen's, 1977
20-090

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