By Charles, Victoria; Michel, Emile; Bruegel, Pieter
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Additional resources for Pieter Bruegel, c. 1525-1569
Nevertheless, Pieter Brueghel the Younger was much appreciated by his contemporaries. Van Dyck painted his portrait and the excellent painter of animals, Frans Snyders, was one of his students. qxp 15/11/2011 3:30 PM Page 50 far the better painter. Jan’s talent was very personal and full of charm, and he painted many canvases in collaboration with Rubens. He was an extremely talented painter of flowers, capturing their splendour and heady perfumed atmosphere. Pieter Brueghel the Younger and Jan Brueghel the Elder both had sons that also became painters.
It was only after completing a scene of daily life that he would attach a proverb or a certain moral sense to it. His work is so natural that he frequently does not seem to have set out with the preconceived idea of painting a particular moral lesson or proverb. qxp 21/11/2011 3:49 PM Page 40 Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Beginnings N othing is less certain than Bruegel’s date of birth, but there are also many questions regarding where he was born. Because he is recorded in the liggeren or ‘Record of Artists’ of the guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp under the name of ‘Peeter Brueghels’, it is concluded that he was from the village of Bruegel.
After learning the basics from Coecke, Pieter Bruegel the Elder left to work in the studio of Hieronymus Cock, who was more a merchant of paintings and engravings than he was painter. qxp 15/11/2011 3:35 PM Page 54 as an engraver and created a large number of plates for his shop. At the beginning of his career, Bruegel composed many mountainous backgrounds that were complicated, picturesque, and imposing. He submitted to the influence of Cock’s studio, docilely accepting the lessons that enabled him to properly interpret nature and already furnishing his master with a profitable product.
Pieter Bruegel, c. 1525-1569 by Charles, Victoria; Michel, Emile; Bruegel, Pieter