Superbe, ta photo. Presque autant de personnages que dans les tableaux de Brueghel. Beaucoup de vêtements foncés. La comparaison est très juste. La fumée amène aussi une touche ancienne. Et le Rhône est magnifique.
An unexpected, but very fitting title. If I squint my eyes a bit to reduce the more modern details in this shot, then it has really a Brueghel-like quality.
I believe you had Pieter Brueghel the elder in mind when naming this one. Should I be mistaken, then I really would like to know which of the rather numerous Brueghels you relate to here. On the surface, they seem all to be pretty similar in their works; so, the finer points are open only the aficionado. Which I'm not, so my opinions on the subject are rather superficial.
Thank you, Bruno. I must confess that I had Pieter Brueghel the Younger in mind. In my recollection, the son was the one who painted these scenes with numerous people in the front and scenery in the back. But then after your remark, I looked up on the internet and at first in comforted me to see that the Younger had done some of the paintings that I had in mind, but then quickly realized that the Elder had also done similar paintings, and in fact, some of the scenes have been painted by both the Elder and the Younger with the exact same point of view - unless internet is full of errors. Not that my knowledge on dutch painting is deep in anyway, I remember puzzles and chocolate boxes lids
I'm no expert either; to be sure, I have to look up things on the internet too. It's just that I studied a lot of books depicting painters works when I was about the age of ten to twelve. Only bits and pieces I can recollect now; far too little to make educated remarks when it comes to the art of painting. Funny that I lost interest quite suddenly at some point. But the works coming out of the Brueghel clan kind of stuck with me, as they did with you. They must have done something right.
As seems to be always the case, my tastes are eclectic as well when it comes to painters and their works. I kept a soft spot for the likes of William Turner, Lionel Feininger, David Caspar Friedrich, Hieronymus Bosch, even some of the works of Albrecht Dürer I find very interesting, despite usually showing battle scenes. But the incredible, tiny details that can be found in his paintings impressed me a lot.
Since you mentioned Brueghel, I really feel I should allow me some time to get re-aquainted with all these awesome artists. Sadly, I don't have the books I mentioned anymore. Well, some bank loan should correct that.
Brueghel, Le Caravage, Bosch are painters who impressed me, in a way, they were surrealist centuries before the ones that became the real surrealists. Now that I think of it, that was my uncle's passion, so he had a lot of books that I got to see when I was young. I didn't know Feininger, niether David Caspar Friedrich but this latest looks very interesting. I'll try to borrow a book to my library, as I keep my money for photobooks.
The library is actually a splendid idea. And I wonder why I never think of it. As a kid, I made extensive use of their offerings. I hated to have to hand back books that I liked, though. Believe it or not, but even now, I happen to remember some of these books and buy them immediately now if I can find them. It must be some kind of compulsive book-buying syndrome, one I never learnt to overcome.
Le Caravage is a painter I wasn't aware of, and the very first picture I found on the internet was "Judith décapitant Holopherne". Exceptionally well done, this one, but rather gruesome.
Give William Turner a chance at the library too; unless you already decided that his works are crap.