Jan Brueghel the elder- Looking at his flowers

Jan Brueghel the Elder
The artist I am going to look at is Jan Brueghel the elder. Brueghel was, born in Brussels. As the most talented son of Pieter Brueghel the elder, he devoted his early career to flower painting and still life's and his suave renderings earned him the nickname'Velvet' Brueghel. Brueghel achieved fame for his beautifully detailed landscapes, peopled with biblical and mythology figures.He also painted landscape settings for numerous portraits, notably the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens. Jan's best works include'The battle of Arbela' and'Bowl with jewels'.

Jan Brueghel's work falls into the renaissance period. Brueghel followed in the footsteps of Hieronymus Bosch , just like his father, Pieter Brueghel. Bosch was an artist who was far more original, and less dependent on traditional Flemish paintings. All his pictures were wildly unconventional. The Garden of Earthly Delights (1510-1515? Prado), an elaborate fantasy of sin and redemption, shows an imaginary, surreal world where the past, present, and future unfold in nightmarish images. Such extreme originality led to the art of Pieter Brueghel the Elder, well on in the 16th century. Brueghel demonstrates the powerful influence of Bosch in its phantasm imagery. At a time when many of his contemporaries were imitating Italian solutions, Brueghel continued an allegiance to the earlier style of Netherlandish and Flemish painters in his own paintings and engravings, which often are illustrations for folk proverbs.

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Comparing Jan Brueghel's painting with Georgia O'Keefe's work it was fascinating to see how different and independent each of the artist's style of work is, although they are of the same subject matter.
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