Pieter Brueghel the Younger

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Pieter Brueghel the Younger –the artist who reworked his father's work

Pieter Brueghel the Younger was a Flemish painter born in 1564 in Belgium. He was a painter known for depicting peasant life in rural settings, as seen in A Village Fair in 1636. Like his father, Pieter Bruegel, the Elder, the artist painted paintings filled with detail that often included multiple situations happening simultaneously. His famous father died when he was only five years old and was taught to paint alongside his brother Jan Brueghel the Elder by their grandmother Mayken Verhulst. 

An artist who struggled all his life

Throughout his career, he faced financial difficulties; the artist often made inexpensive copies of his father's paintings to support himself. Despite this, his friends admired him, which included Anthony van Dyck and Peter Paul Rubens. Brueghel died on October 10, 1636, in Antwerp, Belgium. In recent times his works are held in the collections of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna, the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, among others. Although the artist copied most of his father's work to build his career, he couldn't succeed like his father. 

Famous artwork

  • Stream, in 1638 – it depicts the painting a region flooded with water due to flood.
  • Winter landscape with a bird trap, in 1631- as the name suggests, the painting depicts the wintertime of that time, and a bird is trapped in the winter.
  • The tax collectors office, in 1615 – depicts the situation of the people, how people at that time were dependent on the tax collector; in the painting, it shows a huge line of people standing to get money.
  • The bandits attacked peasants in 1600 – it is made in the 16th century where the bandits attacked peasants.
  • Man with the moneybag and flatterers, in 1592 – depicts that the person that a person has a money bag, and everyone is running to him to get all those money.
  • Two peasants binding faggots(date unknown)
  • Conversion of Saul, in 1590 – it was the time renaissance where everybody was preparing for war.
  • The drunkard pushed into the pigsty in 1616
  • Rixe de Paysans, in 1620