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Favorite paintings: # 3

If you have a magnifying glass, and a few hours to spend in front of a roaring fire out of the rain, incessant rain, Breugel can provide hours of pleasure.  Only 45 of his paintings have survived but the Vienna Art Museum has more of his paintings than any other place.  This scene is one of 6 from the series “Seasons” – only 5 are known and the missing 6th was the subject of the excellent mystery novel “Headlong” by Michael Frayne.  The original “Where’s Waldo” painter, his 2 paitnings “Netherland Proverbs”, and “Childrens Games” can keep the 12 year olds busy for hours..

Pieter Breugel the Elder: Hunters in the Snow, 1565, Vienna


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