Children's Games - Peter Brueghel the Elder. 118 x 161 cm
A wonderful picture of "Children's Games" was created by the Dutch master brush Peter Bruegel the Elder. The artist painted it in the style of the Northern Renaissance, according to the plot of the genre scene.
The work of the author is simply magnificent! Peter Bruegel watched the games of children from the window of his house, opposite which is a white two-story building with a portico. Children sit on the steps, a table in the form of a lesson schedule is hanging on the wall. The artist happily picked up paints, canvas and began to create! He painted a school where his sons studied.
Peter Bruegel painted on the canvas a city wide street and square where children play. They ran out of school for a break or after school, having fun games. The guys play in small groups of 2-3 and 5-7 people. They frolic noisily, forgetting about all things. At the same time, children are very serious in games and do not smile at all. The artist worked on the painting during the difficult period for the country, when there was a lot of evil and injustice in it. He was worried about the fate of people. He was worried about his children, whom he wanted to ensure a happy future.
On the right is a street extending deep into the city block, on the left is a landscape of spring nature. Some children, despite the early spring season, bathe in the river, holding on to an inflatable bull bubble.
In the open street space "boils" your life! Younger and older students came up with interesting outdoor games. They roll hoops; play ball, golf, trickle, word games, nets and hide and seek; start a battle of knights; twist a spinner, tape measure, spinning tops; ride on a barrel and on a board, as if from a slide; walk on stilts; run on all fours; tie themselves in knots; waving sticks; jumping rope; throw colorful balls; build in the sandbox of the fortress; “Saddle” the fence like a horse; lift each other up and measure by force; perform tricks on the "goats" and circus numbers. They like to play piñatu. This funny Mexican star-shaped toy that reproduces geometric shapes and animals, and inside it are delicious sweets and treats.
Children imitate adults, portraying the bride and groom, the seller in the shop, the janitor, the gardener, the teacher, the doctor, or imitate the habits of animals. The picture depicts more than a hundred different children's games and fun. The work used bright, colorful colors. Everything is in dynamics and movement. Of the adult characters, a woman is visible in the distance, pulling apart two mischievous, fighting boys. She douses them with water from a bucket. In the right corner of the picture, a girl crushes bricks. Sometimes artists used this method, turning the powder into a pigment for a set of paints.
The picture brings joy, light, goodness, prosperity, instills confidence, energizes with optimism, heals depression.