The Last of the Brueghels

Unfortunately I haven't found any examples of the works of David Teniers 111.

Abraham Brueghel also liked painting flowers but added in a landscape, in the same painting!!

What have we learnt?  The Brueghel Dynasty spanned nearly 200 years of influence from the early 1500s and thus created the Brand Brueghel. A curious fact is that Pieter Bruegel the Elder died at 45 years and apparently produced exactly 45 (known) paintings. To conclude I want to tell you a couple of interesting facts about Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus.

 W.H. Auden's poem Musée des Beaux Arts (written in 1938) includes a reference to this painting:    In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away   Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
 Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
 But for him it was not an important failure;
 If you look carefully you can just see the legs of Icarus  disappearing into the water in the bottom right hand corner. The farmer, ploughing, has far more important issues on his mind than someone falling out of the sky!  

The poet  William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) also wrote a poem titled Landscape with the Fall of Icarus about the same Bruegel painting. Williams' poem and the painting appear side-by-side 22 minutes into the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth which starred David Bowie. I have seen this movie at the local Drive-In Theatre would you believe when I was quite young. Strangely I don't remember seeing the Bruegel painting!!

And so ends my tale about the Brueghels. However, I can't resist having a Brueghel Quiz. Coming up some time soon! And yes, there will definitely be a question on Mayken Verhulst.