· Modern art declared its opposition to the whimsy of the late Rococo style with Neoclassical art of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

· Neoclassical art contained:

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· harsh sculptural lines.

· a subdued palette.

· planar recession.

· Classical (especially Roman) subject matter.

· Neoclassical painters, such as Jacques-Louis David, were referred to as Poussinistes, for they embraced the linear, systematic approach of Nicolas Poussin.


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