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The Flemish painter was born between 1525 and 1530 “in a village that has his name”. Some locate this village near Breda (Holland) and some near Bree (Belgian Kempen).
Impressed by the work of Jerome Bosh, he trained in Anvers, with Pieter Coecke, his future step-father and passed “fair-master” in the glide (or ghilde or guilde: association of craftsmen, artists or workers) in 1551.
He visited Italy (1552-1553) and brought back drawings.
Back in Anvers, he works as draftsman for Jerome Cock. In 1563, he settles permanently in Brussels.
His dated paintings range from 1557 to 1568. The oldest including “The fall of rebel angels” (Brussels Museum) resemble the fantastic inventions of Bosh.
Others are inspired by folklore, Flemish proverbs, country life: “The shoemaker in the snow” (Vienna), “the Harvest” (New York), “The Haymaking” (Prague), “The Blinds” (Naples), “The beggars” (Louvre).
The monumentality of figures is exceptional in “the wedding dinner” and in “the dance of peasants” (Vienna)
He died in 1569 in Brussels and was buried in La chapelle church, in Brussels.
Pieter Bruegel called “Bruegel of Hell”
He was born in 1564 in Brussels and died in 1637 or 1638 in Anvers. He’s the son of Pieter Bruegel “The old”. His nickname is due to his predilection for fires and scenes taking place in hell.
He carries out numerous variant or replicas of his father’s work but never equaled him.
He made “Winter landscape”, “Party at the village” or ‘wedding diner” (that appears in one Player Puzzle).