February 9, 2016

Painting With The Girls 40

February 9, 2016.

Day 40 (326 days to go).

Postcard watercolor, 5X7, Matted

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525-1569) was Flemish and he had two sons, Jan and Pieter, who painted along with him.

Like Dürer, he made wonderful drawings recording his experiences while traveling to Sicily, but unlike Dürer he did not change his style after visiting Italy.

Paul Johnson writes in Art: A New History, “We think of him as ‘Old Brueguel’, but in fact he was only forty four when he died.”

He is mostly known for highlighting the lives of peasants in his paintings, and he is known for having dressed like one too. When participating in peasant social events, he was thus able to anonymously participate while he sketched.

His groundbreaking work was depicting a snow landscape, which was an innovative, representation of a wintery scene, the first effort to simply portray the season.

 

Hunters in the Snow   Pieter Bruegel the Eldest Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna.