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Brueghel - Peasants

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Brueghel - Peasant and Country woman


From: Twenty-Four Heads of Peasants and Country-Women

After Pieter Brueghel the Elder

Verblinde Swaen female figure in left oval in three-quarter profile to right, with head-cloth;
Bedorve Sloof om t' Geldt  male peasant in left oval facing to the right with head turned to left, wearing a cap

Two heads from seperate plates:
Bastelaer 1908 235./New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) A48 (Pieter Bruegel; copy)
Bastelaer 1908 239./ New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) A44 (Pieter Bruegel; copy)

Ca. 1648

The history of this prints is rather complicated. While Bastelaer notes this set as invented by Brueghel and engraved by Adriaen Brouwer, Lebeer, attributes the prints to be after Adriaen Brouwer rather than Bruegel. K. Oberhuber suggests that this series is in fact comprised of copies from a larger series of 36 plates of peasant heads published first in Antwerp by an unidentified publisher around 1564-1565 and later by Claes Jansz Visscher in Amsterdam (van Bastelaer thought the reverse was true). These etchings are attributed to Johannes and Lucas van Doetecum and are labelled with punning names. H. Scholz argues that the present series are copies issued from Hondius' workshop after Johannes or Lucas van Doetecum after Bruegel, with no involvement of Adriaen Brouwer likely. They are however not considered part of the set after Bruegel published by Hondius in 1642 in the New Hollstein volume on Hondius. The British Museum mist this print as 'after Pieter Bruegel the Elder.'




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SKU adr344
Picture Size 10,70 by 15,50 cm
Specification Print
technic Etching
Artist Pieter Breughel
period 16th Century
School Flemish
subject Genre
rating ****

Pieter Brueghel (c.1520–1569) (also spelled Bruegel or Breughel known as the Elder)

Pieter Breughel
The most original of all 16th-c Flemish painters, probably born in the village of Brueghel, near Breda, North Brabant, The Netherlands He studied under Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502–50), and was much influenced by Bosch. In about 1551 he began to travel through France and Italy, later settling in Brussels, where he painted his major works.
His genre pictures of peasant life reach their finest expression in ‘The Blind Leading the Blind’, (1568,Naples), the ‘Peasant Wedding’, and the ‘Peasant Dance’ (c.1568, Vienna). His eldest son, Pieter Brueghel the Younger (c.1564–1637), is known as ‘Hell’ Brueghel, because of his paintings of devils, hags, and robbers. His younger son, Jan Brueghel (1568–1625), known as ‘Velvet’ Brueghel, painted still-life, flowers, landscapes, and religious subjects on a small scale.

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