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The whole XVI, and then the XVII state of the Netherlands was shocked by revolutions and peasant uprisings. In this difficult time, one of the masterpieces of northern art appears - a painting by Peter Brueghel “Peasant Dance”
A painting was painted in 1568, currently in Vienna. The canvas depicts peasants having fun, who celebrate, apparently, the wedding of one of the inhabitants, or the celebration of the fair. All figures are written on a very large scale, and even those that are located in the background are quite clearly visible. People have fun, dance and drink.
The artist depicts a kiss scene that lovers exchange secretly, trying not to get into the center of the crowd. It seems that time has stopped for a second to give the artist’s brushes to capture the movements of bodies, facial expressions, gestures exchanged by dancers. Even the children and those went out to have fun, they hold hands and dance.
The peculiarity of the picture is that there are absolutely no similar plots on it. Couples dance, each in their own way, people at the table talking lively about something, more and more new residents come out of the houses and enter into a dance.
With the help of these rude and stooped peasants, Bruegel showed that mighty force that the people are, because one of them should straighten his shoulders, as shown in the dance, and all the apparent power of the rich will collapse into oblivion. That is why the peasants are shown as large and large as in this picture. It is important for the artist to show that these are not some small people, but strong, beautiful people who can not only work, but also relax. Peasants are not just labor, but a real element, ready at any moment to prove themselves.
"Peasant Dance", a picture that went into a series of similar works by the artist, along with the picture "Peasant Wedding", which continues the storyline.