BRUEGEL THE COMPLETE PAINTINGS - 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION


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BRUEGEL THE COMPLETE PAINTINGS - 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

JÜRGEN MÜLLER    Book Number: 88638    Product format: Hardback

Prepare to be shocked by the grotesque and grimacing series of paintings like The Triumph of Death with murdering skeleton figures slaying the population by hanging, throat cutting and barbarous acts where scenes of carts laden with skulls, semi-naked dying figures, the skeletal hungry dog beginning to eat the dead baby in its mother's arms, the Bacchanalian feast upturned with the colourfully clothed townsfolk being devoured by a marching army of skeletons, coffin shields at the ready as they approach. On bright white glossy paper, these masterworks are analysed in close-up detail in a fine art production with an unusual wraparound page protecting fly leaf. The life and times of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1526/30-1569) were marked by stark cultural conflict. He witnessed religious wars, the Duke of Alba's brutal rule as governor of the Netherlands, and the palpable effects of the Inquisition. To this day, the Flemish artist remains shrouded in mystery. We know neither where nor exactly when he was born. Starting out as a print designer for publisher Hieronymus Cock, Bruegel produced numerous print series that were distributed throughout Europe. These depicted vices and virtues alongside jolly peasant festivals and sweeping landscape panoramas. He then increasingly turned to painting, working for the cultural elite of Antwerp and Brussels. Rather than idealising reality, he bravely confronted the issues of his day, addressing the horrors of religious warfare and taking a critical stand against the institution of the Church. To this end, Bruegel developed his own pictorial language of dissidence, lacing innocuous everyday scenes with subliminal statements in order to escape repercussions. This book is derived from the XXL monograph, which saw publishers Taschen undertake a comprehensive photographic survey of the artist's oeuvre. The result boasts exceptional details and reproductions, unveiling Bruegel's larger-than-life universe with unprecedented clarity. This volume presents all 39 paintings, accompanied by enlarged details and accessible, immersive texts, 65 drawings and 89 engravings. 15.6 x 21.7 cm, 1.48 kg, 512 pages. Bargain priced new publication.
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ISBN 9783836580960
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