“Child Games,” Peter Braigel the Elder – a description of the picture

“Child Games,” Peter Braigel the Elder – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Peter Braigel Sr
  • Museum: Museum of the History of the Arts, Vienna
  • Year: 1560

Description of the picture :

Games for children – Peter Braigel the Elder. Wood, butter. 118 x 161 cm

   The wonderful picture of “Child Games” was created by the Dutch master of the brush Peter Braigel Sr. The artist wrote it in the style of the Northern Renaissance, according to the plot of the genre scene.

   The author’s work is just great! Peter Braigel watched the games of the children from the window of his house, opposite which there is a white two-story building with a portico. Children are sitting on the steps, a table is hanging on the wall in the form of a lesson schedule. The artist happily picked up paint, canvas and began to create! He drew a school where his sons studied.

   Peter Braigel depicted a city wide street and square where children play on the canvas. They ran out of school for change or after school, having started fun games. The guys play in small groups of 2-3 and 5-7 people. They frolic noisy, forgetting about all things. At the same time, children are very serious in games and do not smile at all. The artist worked on the picture in a difficult period for the country, when there was a lot of evil and injustice in it. He was worried about the fate of people. He was worried about his children, whom he wanted to ensure a happy future.

   On the right is a street that goes deep into the city block, on the left is a landscape of spring nature. Some children, despite the early spring season, bathe in the river, holding on to the inflatable birch bubble.

   In the open street space “boils” his own life! Younger and older schoolchildren came up with interesting outdoor games. They ride hoops; play ball, golf, “hands”, verbal games, salki and hide and seek; start a fight of the knights; twist the turntable, roulette, wolves; ride a barrel and a board, like a slide; walk on stilts; run on all fours; tie themselves into knots; waving sticks; jump on a rope; throw colorful balls; built in the sandbox of the fortress; “settle” the fence, like a horse; raise each other and measure by force; perform tricks on “goats” and circus numbers. They like to play the pinata. This funny Mexican toy is in the form of an asterisk that reproduces geometric figures and animals, and inside it lie delicious sweets and treats.

   Children imitate adults, portraying the bride and groom, the seller in the shop, the janitor, the gardener, the teacher, the doctor, or imitate the habits of animals. The picture depicts more than a hundred different children’s games and fun. The work uses bright, colorful colors. Everything is in dynamics and movement. Of the adult characters, a woman is visible in the distance, spreading two loose, fighting boys. She doused them with water from the bucket. In the right corner of the picture, the girl pushes bricks. Sometimes artists used this method, turning powder into a pigment for a set of colors.

   The picture brings joy, light, good, prosperity, inspires confidence, charges optimism, heals from depression.