Pieter Bruegel: Drawing the World
Heralded as the Netherland’s draughtsman of the early seventeenth century, Pieter Bruegel’s flag is firmly planted in the pantheon of greats alongside Hieronymus Bosch and Albrecht Duerer, influences of which can be found resonating throughout Bruegel’s oeuvre.
The way Bruegel mused and drew on the societal conditions of the times he lived in is informed by his idiosyncratic inherent criticism that is based on deep reflection, an approach informed by morality and an astute sense for distinguishing the nuances of the follies of his countrymen and traditional archetypes, which are often depicted in an exaggerated and at times absurd manner.
Drawing the World documents Pieter Bruegel’s ability to seamlessly transition and give a voice to his own impressions into a painting – be it via his early landscape paintings as well as when he got more invested in the relationship between society and the individual which are often depicted in what has become his somewhat trademark allegorical style, a style that was often extended with how he worded the accompanying captions.
Hieronymus Bosch’s influence is omnipresent in Bruegel’s emissions, especially when it comes to fantasy hybrid creatures, symbolic animals and characters from the netherworld, to an extent where some of Bosch’s works are openly referenced and riffed on.
However, the main point of differentiation between Bosch and Bruegel is that with the latter, a comical dimension and crude humour was added to the mix for good measure. Bruegel thereby expertly navigated the chasm between enlightenment and entertainment and subtly questioned the dualism between the role of the artist and freedom of expression in the turbulent times he lived in.
Drawing the World is one beautiful homage in book form to an artist whose impact and humanistic aspiration was felt for centuries to come and one that left a legacy that still caries meaning to this day.
The Formative Years - Weird System Records This new series will be focussed on bands, labels and people that proved to be immensely influential during my formative years as a ... read more
Hot Stuff - Dingo Sauce Co. There is no shortage of novelty “hotter-than-thou” sauces that do damage but severely lack in the taste department. How nice is it to ... read more
The Story of Looking Mark Cousins Allen & Unwin We are drowning in images and the accessibility and affordability of smartphones with ever improving cameras has massively changed both ... read more
Water of Life – Kavalan Port Cask and Distiller’s Reserve Rum Cask Where do I start with Kavalan to give the uninitiated a faint idea of what they have ... read more
June: Black Lives Matter Thanks for checking in on this month's Search/Play/Repeat where I listen to albums I've never heard before and then make a playlist of some of my ... read more
Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:
Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.