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Description of the painting by Peter Bruegel "Country of lazy people"


Bruegel was a master of satire. In his works, more than once it was possible to meet a hidden chuckle in relation to Dutch society. So, Bruegel's painting “The Country of Lazybones” also concentrates a satirical mood. The artist makes fun of a vicious society, indignant that it does nothing to improve its existence.

In the left corner of the picture, the author left his signature, dating the work in 1567. In fact, it is very rarely possible to find out the exact year of painting, since not all artists date their works.

"Country of lazy people" is a fabulous place. This is a country that has become popular thanks to European tales in which it has been described more than once. This is the place where the rivers of milk flow, and the banks are sour.

For the first time that there is such a country where no one does anything, but only eats sweets, it was written in a poetic tale by Hans Sachs. The author wrote it in 1536, but it was published only after 10 years. Perhaps it was she who became the basis for the artist to write her famous painting. In general, a fairy tale has quite a lot in common with a picture painted by an artist.

Moreover, each of the characters in the picture belongs to a different class of society. By this, Bruegel showed that everyone does nothing the same: a knight, a soldier, a peasant, and even a schoolboy are sleeping on the floor. In addition, the author makes fun of the fact that they are all lazy people who are used to sitting idle all the time.

However, despite the fact that the picture has many features in common with a fairy tale, it still has some original characteristics. Therefore, it is erroneous to believe that Bruegel wrote it, based only on a description from a fairy tale. On the contrary, he added something of his own, due to which the picture turned out to be even more original and unusual.





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