“Netherlands proverbs,” Peter Braigel Sr. – a description of the picture

“Netherlands proverbs,” Peter Braigel Sr. – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Peter Braigel Sr
  • Museum: Berlin Art Gallery
  • Year: 1559

Description of the picture :

Dutch proverbs – Peter Braigel the Elder. Oil on canvas. 117 x 163 cm

The magnificent artistic masterpiece “Netherlands proverbs” was portrayed by Peter Braigel the Elder! He put a lot of creative imagination, energy, inspiration into the work. The painting is made in the style of the Northern Renaissance. Her plot is a genre scene.

Art creation is unusual and unique! It depicts about 100 Dutch proverbs in human images, reflecting vices and virtues. The master of the brush philosophically thought through every episode of the picture. Based on philosophical art, he talentedly and brilliantly created the life of modern society.

The proverbs in the pictures truthfully reflect good, evil, laziness, greed, stinginess, gluttony, pride, boasting, envy, indifference, meekness, patience, humility. Characters throw money into the water, beat the wall with their foreheads, dig the earth, hanging in space, “Bite” iron, gnawing pillars, lead each other by the noses, sitting in the ash, stained in soot, between two chairs, they fry herringe, catch a rooster, hanging bells on the cat, put sticks in wheels, yawn in the oven, pull the rope, etc.d.

Peter Braigel used bright colors on a red-brown background. Silhouettes of people are highlighted by clear contour lines. The picture is as if in motion plot and dynamic. Each person performs a certain action in accordance with his character, principles, statements, worldview.

“Enchanted” Flemish proverbs teach a lot! Their meaning is diverse and symbolic. The person who bites iron pictured in the picture personifies the liar and talker. A man hanging a bell on the cat’s neck commits a rash, thoughtless act. Colors also make sense. Red color symbolizes sin and fall; blue means deceit; blue is ignorance. A woman throwing a blue cloak at her spouse cheats on him in a relationship.

In the center of the artistic composition, a person reads the confession “devil” and gives the enemy secrets, betraying his comrades. A man in a red headgear “holds a candle in his hands, showing it to a demon.”. This means that he is stupid and illegible in choosing friends. The spinning wheels spin the yarn – dissolve the gossip. On the right, a man surrounded by pigs “throws pearls in front of them”, making useless efforts. A man standing on the tower throws feathers from her. This means his aimless work. In the tower window, a woman looks at a stork, wasting her precious time.

The back-up boat of the picture recalls that in favorable circumstances, success in business can be easily and quickly achieved. She swims smoothly and quickly towards a happy day. If you swim against the current, nothing can be achieved in life. Most proverbs condemn loafers and immoral people. The ball in its inverted form – the earthly world, on the contrary, carries the main idea of this wonderful masterpiece.

The picture develops fantasy, fiction, imagination; strengthens memory, attention; promotes logical thinking by stimulating intellectual abilities. She will look great in the home interior of the living room, training centers and educational institutions.