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“Fish Market on the River Bank”, Jan Brueghel the Elder - description of the painting

“Fish Market on the River Bank”, Jan Brueghel the Elder - description of the painting

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The fish market by the river is Jan Brueghel the Elder. 58.5 x 91.5 cm

The Flemish painter Jan Brueghel the Elder has a wide range of works - landscapes and still lifes, biblical and mythological themes, genre scenes and miniatures. Especially good landscapes with his author's recognizable style, for which he received the nickname Velvet. Even such a seemingly ordinary look of the market is full of play, warmth and softness.

The author opens before us the Flemish market and the river landscape. On this simultaneously genre and landscape composition, Brueghel draws sketches of the fish market. Fishing is very important for the town, perhaps this is one of the main means of livelihood, judging by the large number of small and large vessels.

Now the boats are fun, but in the early morning the fishermen went out to the river to deliver a fresh catch to the buyer. Fish trade is in full swing, there are many people, they go, bargain, buy and sell, they clean fish. The market is not only a place of purchase and sale, it is also a place for communication, judging by the group on the left side of the canvas. And artisans, and fishermen, and the elderly lord, and just onlookers, all are passionate about some kind of conversation or discussion.

The picture is filled with many details that are carefully written out, clothing is especially interesting. It immediately shows where artisans and fishermen, and where important gentlemen and matrons. The front edge of the canvas is bright and picturesque. Further, together with the river going into perspective, a panorama of the city with houses and towers, blue mountains and sky opens.

The author has written many paintings on the plots of village life on the banks of the river. He glorifies and glorifies the “folk” theme, which at that time began to be actively introduced into academic painting. And this work of Jan Brueghel the Elder is filled with the calm course of the river and the course of life - simple, labor, everyday, everyday, but very necessary.

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