‘Winter Village Landscape with “The Swan” Tavern’ by the Belgian-born artist Pieter Brueghel the Younger is one highlight of the 2017 Autumn Auctions...
‘Winter Village Landscape with “The Swan” Tavern’ by the Belgian-born artist Pieter Brueghel the Younger is one highlight of the 2017 Autumn Auctions. The viewer looks onto a wintry scene of a village and a frozen stream on which the inhabitants walk carefree, as if the stream in this state is an integral part of the landscape. The work is signed and dated 1620. Works by Pieter Brueghel the Younger were very popular at the time in the court of Emperor Rudolf II.
This version of the picture is the earliest of a total of four, which all slightly differentiate from one another. ((K. Ertz, op.cit., no. 1149, 1150 and 1151). All the compositions were made in the early 1620s. The estimate amounts to 500,000 – 600,000 euro.
As offspring of the world-famous Brueghel painting dynasty, Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s career was marked by a special star from the very beginning. Although he hardly knew his father, the great artist Pieter Brueghel the Elder, he orientated his artistic development closely along this role model and produced many of his own compositions alongside new interpretations of his father’s works.