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The Parable of the Blind, Peter Brueghel the Elder - description

The Parable of the Blind, Peter Brueghel the Elder - description

The Parable of the Blind - Peter Brueghel the Elder. 86 x 154 cm

The famous art masterpiece "The Parable of the Blind" Peter Brueghel the Elder wrote shortly before his death. The plot of the picture was embodied in genre, religious and allegorical scenes.

The work was created during the period of military clashes between the Spaniards and the Dutch. At this time, devastation, arbitrariness, terror and death of people reigned everywhere. Those who did not agree with the new government of the country were mercilessly destroyed by the Spaniards, and the rest obeyed the new government. The revolution shocked the artist, and he, full of thoughts and worries about the fate of his country, painted a philosophical picture "The Parable of the Blind." Hidden in it is a huge spiritual, vital meaning. He was in the tragic inevitability of the fate of the Dutch people and the time in which he lived.

The artist talentedly and wisely reflected in his work the image of humanity drowning in darkness if he does not follow the right, right path. Each of the heroes of the plot of the picture represents human vices - laziness, greed, anger, cruelty, indifference, pride, hypocrisy, envy, fornication. They close a person’s eyes, corrode the soul with poison and cover them with a cloud of spiritual immorality.

Peter Bruegel painted on canvas a neighborhood of Brabant, located in the southern Netherlands. A string of six blind people moves along the road. They hold on to each other. They have staves in their hands. These people look pathetic and ugly. They are deeply unhappy. Hunched cripples wandering through the villages asking for alms and shelter. They live badly in the world. They do not see the world and its beauty. Perhaps they have relatives, but the poor do not need anyone. The blind are held together, eking out their miserable existence.

The plot of the picture is full of drama. The blind guide, leading the rest of the people, stumbled and fell into a hole near the pond. The second person loses support and falls after him. The same fate awaits the remaining cripples. They still have no idea about this and calmly walk along the road, relying on another. It is foggy autumn weather, bringing peace and tranquility. The sun rises above the earth. In the distance a church with a spire is visible. Cows graze in the meadow. Nature froze in anticipation of inevitability, but she is indifferent to everything. In the work, the artist used light and dark tones, observing the contrasts of colors. Especially bright and dynamic colors in the center of the composition.

The plot of the picture is based on the clergy of the blind from the Bible: "If one blind person leads another blind, then together they will fall into the abyss." The moral is clear and simple! The blind man is not the one who sees nothing, but the one who blindly believes the leader, following him! Delusions and spiritual blindness lead to the fall of both individuals.

The picture carries a deep awareness of life. It will look great in the office, religious organizations, training centers and educational institutions.


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