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Pieter the Elder Bruegel's 1565 canvas Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trap, is a masterpiece of the Northern Renaissance and a moving evocation of the labours and pleasures of a tiny Flemish town. In 1563 the artist had settled in Brussels where he began work on a series of figurative reproductions of landscape scenes entitled the Labours of the Months. Exploring the lifestyles of rural peasants, Brueghel's masterful rendering of a winter scene captures individuals at work and at play, each cooperating with each other in their shared habitat. Taking influence from the illuminated illustrations of fifteenth and sixteenth century chronicles, Brueghel however shuns the tendency to depict people as 'types', liberating his nameless subjects through both labour and joy. Painted the same year as his The Hunters in the Snow (Winter), which portrays a similar scene, Brueghel may be referencing the severe winter of 1564-65 or evoking a deeper allegorical meaning evolving precariousness and entrapment. Indeed, bird-traps often symbolized those set by the devil to ensnare awaiting souls.
Appearing more interested in capturing figurative reproductions of his subjects in movement, Brueghel portrays with remarkable clarity and simplicity the gliding carelessness of the skaters. One can also feel the elevated shifts in tone that moves from the focal point on the hilltop down to the revelling figures skating on the ice. Leading the eye of the viewer across the diagonal terrain of the flowing topography, Brueghel scatters his figures across the landscape as if it would be bare without them. Yet, acknowledging the powerful influence and reliance of sixteenth-century Europeans on the natural world, Brueghel's allegorical reproduction of a winter scene has his subjects literally skating on thin ice; joyous individuals balanced precariously on a surface that will soon melt with the changing seasons.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trap 1565, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trap 1565 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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