Arcadian Painters: Poussin & Twombly

David Foster reviews the exhibition Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters on view at the Dulwich Picture Gallery through September 25, 2011.

In his detailed review Foster writes that although "The show is not without its faults ... there are some unlikely and provocative juxtapositions that, on reflection, are remarkably effective. The pairing of Poussin's preparatory study for Joshua's Victory over the Amonites - a dense and chaotic tangle of surging bodies - with two of Twombly's untitled pieces of frenzied, illegible scrawl, works to bring out the frantic energy of the former, and emphasises the senselessness and violence in the latter.