Monday, August 17, 2009

Summer Blogging (Gone Fishin')

Gonna slow things down a bit now that the weather is finally August-like and the gallery is closed for a few weeks. Probably 2-3 posts a week ... we'll see.

Posts will pick back up after Labor Day.

Image:

Big Fish Eat Little Fish
, 1557
Pieter van der Heyden after Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Netherlandish, active by 1551, died 1569)
Engraving; first state of three

9 x 11 5/8 in. (22.9 x 29.6 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917 (17.3.859)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you catch the big one!

Cathy

8/17/2009 08:11:00 PM  
Blogger Bromo Ivory said...

Have a great vacation! :)

8/19/2009 09:27:00 AM  
Blogger Photios said...

Enjoy the vacay -- I was just in Berlin and saw some great Bruegels (younger, elder, not sure), All best, Photi

8/19/2009 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Larry said...

The elder. PB père was the real genius of the family, and only about 45 paintings survive (the one EW shows above is an early drawing). In some of his most remarkable works like Netherlandish Proverbs, PB paints about 100 tiny vignettes all on a single background representing a Dutch town; another version of Big Fish Eat Little Fish is in this painting. There's only one Bruegel here at the Met and one at the Frick (vs. 5 and 3 Vermeers in NY respectively), and the real place to see Brueghel is the Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna, where they have about 15 of his works and a big room devoted solely to the artist.

As for PB the younger, he was a much less remarkable figure who earned his keep partly by making copies of his father's works.

8/19/2009 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric C said...

Larry:
++where they have about 15 of his ++works and a big room devoted ++solely to the artist.


You don't want to know what happened to their original owners.


Cedric C

8/19/2009 05:10:00 PM  
Blogger Mariana Soffer said...

I loved the image, it really moved me , and the title is great, it is like in the radiohead song that says:
Flies are buzzing round my head
Vultures circling my bed
Picking up every last crumb
The big fish eat the little ones
Big fish eat the little ones
Not my problem, give me some

You can try the best you can
You can try the best you can
The best you can is good enoug

8/21/2009 06:28:00 PM  
Blogger Dane Jefferson said...

There is such glutinous, nightmarish tone to this piece. I like it and thanks "Larry Said" for more information on the artist, very interesting.

8/25/2009 05:39:00 PM  

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