Senokos, Peter Braigel the Elder – a description of the picture

Senokos, Peter Braigel the Elder – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Peter Braigel Sr
  • Museum: Lobkovitsky Palace, Prague
  • Year: 1565

Description of the picture :

Senokos – Peter Braigel the Elder. Wood, butter. 114 x 158 cm

   The artist Peter Braigel the Elder wrote a wonderful picturesque picture of Senokos. The masterpiece was created in the style of the Northern Renaissance. His plot is a genre scene.

   Peter Braigel worked on a canvas with great inspiration. He painted a picture commissioned by N. Jongelinka, a connoisseur and collector of paintings from Belgium. An artistic masterpiece adorned his dining room. The picture was included in a series of six paintings “Seasons”.

   The brush masters painted a landscape scene, standing behind a canvas on a hill. The plot is depicted from the average height of the area. He loved nature and people very much. The artist was attracted by peasant life. He was admired by the work of the farmers. It was for the creation of this canvas that Peter Braigel received an interesting nickname “Men”.

   In the lower right corner of the picture, the peasant is lucky to sell vegetables and berries to the market. People carry baskets of goods on their heads. On the way to the opposite side, two women with rakes go from haymaking. They rush home, tired of the heat and work in the field. In the lower left corner, a man sharpens a long braid. The meadow is already beveled, but it is preparing tools for the future harvest.

   It is July. Summer suffering fills the peasants with a sense of joy and pride in their work. Men and women are busy gathering in a stack of golden hay. Children frolic around cheerfully. The earth is heated by the hot sun. People are dressed for the season, on the heads of peasants light hats. Horses harnessed to a cart with hay eagerly drink water from the tub.

   On the left on the rock is an ancient monastery. In the center of the composition is a village with a church, behind which is a windmill. A wonderful mountain landscape extends in the distance. The artist painted mountains, a river, blue with clouds sky. A boat is floating on the river. It feels calm and silence. The harmony of the universe is beautiful and amazing!

   The picture is captivated by bright colors and tones. Braigel in his work managed to convey the entire rainbow color of nature, using red, yellow, brown, green, blue and white colors. Peasants are a piece of land and space. Their work is earthly joy!

   Art work gives a good mood. It stimulates vision, normalizes the psycho-emotional background, charges with favorable energy.