Bruegel's range of subjects includes religious histories— Numbering at Bethlehem (Brussels), Way to Calvary (Vienna), with figures clothed in contemporary Flemish dress parables— The Sower (Antwerp), The Blind Leading the Blind (Naples) genre scenes— Children's Games, Peasant Dance (both: Vienna) landscapes showing the activities of the months—(several in Vienna, Harvesters in the Metropolitan Mus.) and other works. A skilled draftsman and etcher, he used a delicate line to define his figures. His people are stubby in proportion, but lively and solid. His color is remarkably sensitive, as is his feeling for landscape. His compositions are often based on diagonal lines and S-curves, creating gentle rhythms and allowing planes of landscape to unfold into the distance.
See studies by L. Münz (1961), W. Stechow (1971), F. Grossmann (3d ed. 1973), and N. M. Orenstein, ed. (2001).
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