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Bruegel: The Life & Work of the artist, illustrated with 80 full-color plates
Bruegel The Life Work of the artist illustrated with 80 full-color plates Author:Arturo Bovi The New Grosset Art Library — A magnificent collection dedicated to presenting the work of the greatest artists of all time. Each volume contains 80 full-color plates, a biography of the artist, and a critical appraisal of his work written by a leading expert. A true encyclopedia of art in which each volume stands alone as an authoritative trea... more »tise.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder was the last and one of the most important of the early Flemish masters, a brilliant satirist and one of the greatest landscape painters of the age. Although sometimes nicknamed 'Peasant Bruegel' because of his subject-matter, he was a highly cultivated man, a Master of the Antwerp Guild, and patronized by some of the most eminent men in Antwerp and Brussels. He visited Italy, but, at a time when most of his contemporaries were already influenced by the Roman School, Italian art made remarkably little impression on the development of his style. His religious allegories, which evoke fantastic and often grotesque surrealistic images, have more in common with Bosch, but, in his use of vast contemporary landscapes as a setting for biblical events, Bruegel established his own entirely personal approach to religious art. As a landscape painter he broke quite new ground; his famous series of the Months surpasses even Titian in its feeling for nature and for the unity of man with his surroundings. But his genius is most typically expressed in his depictions of peasant life, where sharply observed scenes of village customs are used to draw highly sophisticated conclusions on the morals of man. As a painter of town and county life, and a satirical commentator, Bruegel remains the greatest witness of his age.« less