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Bruegel’s Proverbs Painting September 13, 2010

Posted by anagasto in art, drawing, painting.
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The reproduction is in public domain according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_The_Dutch_Proverbs_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

= >> Deutsche Fassung  …… …  http://cantueso1.blogspot.com.es/2013/09/bruegel-die-sprichworter.html

6. Some shear sheep and others shear pigs………… meaning some live in abundance, others in penury

8. She puts a blue coat on him………… she cheats on him

9. He closes the well after the calf has drowned………… meaning he does something only when it is too late

10. Throw pearls to the pigs ………… to give things to people who can’t appreciate them

bruegel proverb ID

21. He puts a bell on the cat ………… meaning endanger a plan by talking about it

33. He carries the light in a basket out of the house ………… to kill time doing something useless

34. To light a candle for the devil ………… make friends with bad people

35. To go to the devil for confession ………… Tell your secrets to your enemy

43. He pisses at the moon ………… he is trying to do something impossible

46.Their roof is covered with pies ………… They are rich

76. The trip is not over when you see the church and its tower ………… Don’t count the chickens before they are hatched

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See the complete list   in German    wiki/File:Bruegel6.jpg

See  partial translation to be completed later

proverbs partly translated

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Below is a section of the background, top right  of the  painting:

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Bruegel likes to paint people looking funny, cruel, and dull, and often they come in packs and droves invading a beautiful landscape.

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Maybe it is true that Bruegel used to go incognito to some wedding to gather ideas for his paintings. He saw  people as brutes, gloomy, sinister.  He  drew every one of their faces, and only the rich look decent. Very often he made even little children look stupid. Here are two of them who had been invited to a wedding:

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It is called The Birdtrap, but it is typical of Bruegel that the title throws you off.

Where is that bird trap?  If you look more closely you will see it to the right, in the middle of that patch of snow, a dark slanted board, with the sparrows sitting all around it. It is not the real subject of the picture.

It is done in Öl auf Eichenholz, meaning oil on oak wood.
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And  the sparrows playing around the bird trap are reminiscent of the people that dance under the gallows in Bruegel’s painting of The Magpie:

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Bruegel was sometimes afraid of political persecution. He was likely a protestant, and at the time the legendary Spanish Inquisition was active in his country.
The Netherlands were part of the Spanish Empire.

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The Flight into Egypt : Joseph and Mary fleeing with their baby Jesus under a royal order that all newborn children had to be killed.

In the foreground of the painting you can barely see  the baby wrapped in Mom’s long coat and Joseph leading their donkey. They are fleeing towards Egypt, but Bruegel didn’t feel inhibited by whatever knowledge about Egypt was available at that time.

In the distance he painted a pretty little town with its churches and its tall slender towers just as if Egypt were in the Netherlands.

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Sources:

The Magpie is at  Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany

The Birdtrap is  at Wiltshire, Wilton House, England

The Flight into Egypt is at Courtauld Institute Galleries, London,

and at the Prado Museum in Madrid, The Triumph of Death

https://espliego.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/bruegels-triumph-of-death/

The dead go after the living  at the Prado Museum Madrid, Spain.

On the right of the picture you see the dead advancing in military formation

In the foreground of the painting there are still many people alive, but get attacked one by one, for instance even by the horse that comes in from the left pulling a carriage full of skeletons.

On the  horizon, the distant background of the painting, the ships are burning.

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Comments»

1. kseverny - September 21, 2009

nice painting

2. CAPTAIN5 - September 21, 2009

The proverb of the bell they put on a cat is not commonly understood that way in English. It’s the mice that decide to put a bell on a cat, and they find out that none of them is willing to do it. The meaning is good theory that does not work in practice.

3. tarpon fishing - September 14, 2010

wow……. what a cool painting :)

i love it

4. Anonymous - June 24, 2013

That is sick!! I am taken aback that this really goes on sometimes in todays day and age. I am very happy I was sat down. I are coming to terms about things moving forward. I will watch closely to see what is happening to this.

5. Anonymous - July 6, 2013

I strongly disagree! I still am stunned this was going on these days. I was happy in the fact I was not running. The Directors help answer what will happen now?! I will keep track of the change .


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