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Description of the painting by Peter Bruegel “Magpie on the gallows”


As for the picture, which has the title “Magpie on the Gallows”, it is necessary to start with the fact that it was the very last work of the great artist - Peter Bruegel.

On the canvas you can see the amazing interweaving of some inner, spiritual disappointments of the master, and some kind of desperate attempt to return to that harmony that was once lost, and later the realization that this is all in vain. No wonder the artist makes a point of view, so high above the whole plot.

The viewer can watch the peasants who, without thinking about anything, started dancing, right at the foot of the gallows. In the distance you can see a beautiful landscape that makes you admire the peace. Thanks to all these, at first glance, insignificant nuances, the picture is watered by an incomprehensible untrained spectator, to understand the subtle nature of the master and the same uniqueness of his work. If you retreat a little to history, the author himself highly appreciated this picture, as can be evidenced by the fact that he bequeathed this painting to his wife. But, if you look at this picture a little from the other side, then you can interpret it in a completely different way.

For example, the magpie who sits on the gallows can be the personification of those people who, because of their gossip, doom innocent people to death. But, it all depends on the viewer's worldview, because looking at the people nearby, we can say with confidence that they do not feel a drop of fear of the gallows. Perhaps the imprint on the picture was left by the artist’s disease, which defeated him in the last years of his life.

The master manages to show the life of a simple people, in more generalized forms, which allows the artist to stand out qualitatively among similar artists of that period.





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