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Wedding Dance in the Open Air. The painting by Pieter the Elder Bruegel

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Wedding Dance in the Open Air

The Wedding Dance is an astonishing 119.4 × 157.5 cm (47 × 62 in.) oil on wood panel by the Flemish painter Pieter the Elder Bruegel. The original artwork belongs to the Detroit Institute of Arts. This painting is considered to be part of a series along with the famous The Peasant Dance and The Peasant Wedding.

As in the other Bruegel's detailed panels, this picture contains an impressive number of characters: 125 individuals enjoying the wedding. Bruegel's focus on the act of dancing, not only in this work but many pictures from those years, is a matter of much discussion. Some people point to it as a moralizing critique, while others defend it as a celebration of the peasantry's pleasure for life. The matter is surrounded by controversy because, at that time, dance was forbidden by the church.

The Wedding Dance is a detailed genre painting. The work was painted in four oak panels glued together. Green and earthy tones dominate the picture's palette, and through his use of vermillion and blue, Brueghel added color intensity to it. The composition is intricate, with many people dancing. They all seem very happy and enjoying themselves in the festivity. Their figures are depicted in the distinctive Bruegel way: round, blushy faces with big eyes and comical expressions. The peasants are talking, dancing, drinking, and kissing. With his typical witty tone, some men are seen with big erections.

Among the dancing guests, and partially covered by them, the bride and her father are at the center. The blond woman and man have their hands up, and their faces can be fully seen. As it was the custom during the Renaissance, the bride wears a black dress. Other couples can be noticed in movement and in a variety of poses. Their clothes are brown, black, red and blue. Bruegel painted the grass in a beautiful, strong cold green, which spreads until almost the top of the painting: the horizon line is very distant, almost disappearing.

Because of its representation, The Wedding Dance is another piece of ambiguity in Bruegel's body of work. It's not clear if he is either condemning or accepting their activities because they are both caricaturesque and joyful. Even though some authors tend to put Bruegel as a moralizing artist, his pictures always seem open to interpretation. Either way, they are visually marvelous.

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Wedding Dance in the Open Air

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