Pieter Bruegel the ElderPieter Bruegel the Elder

Life: 1525-1569
Birth Place: Breda, Netherlands
Historical Role: Painter
Movement: Dutch Renaissance, Flemish Renaissance
Primary countries affected: Belgium, Netherlands
Works: see below

Biography:


Pieter Bruegel the Elder was born in Breda, Netherlands, in 1525. Early in his career he travelled to Italy, despite being exposed to the Italian Renaissance and its style, he would remain true to the Flemish and Dutch style of painting. To find inspiration for his paintings, Bruegel would disguise himself and mingle with the local peasants and workers, most of his paintings would thus deal with everyday life, he would also express morals and satirical representations of society through his paintings. He also painted more grim paintings and also some more political paintings, he would express his thoughts throughout his paintings varying from his feelings of outrage to his feelings of joy. Bruegel died in Brussels in 1569.

Works:

Children's Games
Netherlandish Proverbs
The Blind Leading the Blind
Children's Games
Netherlandish Proverbs
The Blind Leading the Blind
The Cripples
The Harvesters
The Peasant Wedding
The Cripples
The Harvesters
The Peasant Wedding
The Tower of Babel
The Wedding Dance
The Tower of Babel
The Wedding Dance

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Sources:


Gerlings, C. (2008). 100 Great Artists. London: Arcturus Publishing Limited. P. 26-27.