CIRCLE OF PIETER BRUEGHEL THE YOUNGER | Winter landscape with a bird trap
- Studio of Pieter Brueghel II
- Winter landscape with a bird trap
- oil on oak panel
- 38.5 x 57.2 cm.; 15 1/8 x 22 1/2 in.
C. Currie and D. Allart, The Brueg[H]el Phenomenon. Paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Pieter Brueghel the Younger with a Special Focus on Technique and Copying Practice, Brussels 2012, vol. II, p. 513, reproduced in colour pp. 514–15, figs 334a–d (as the work of an anonymous Antwerp artist).
Though a seemingly faithful reproduction of the Brueghel design, technical examination shows that the full underdrawing beneath the paint surface is more sketchy than one would expect from Pieter Brueghel the Younger, and omissions (such as the absence of birds flying in the centre of the sky) and individual motifs do not correspond with identical positions in the Younger's work. This version thus cannot have been based on the cartoon known to have been in use in the Brueghel workshop, but was more likely executed following one of the Younger's finished versions by eye.3
1 Oil on oak panel, 37 x 55.4 cm.; Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, inv. no. 8724; see Currie and Allart 2012, p. 485, reproduced in colour p. 484.
2 See Fraiture 2007, pp. 205-06.
3 See Currie and Allart 2012, pp. 484ff.