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Subjects : Genre scenes, Landscape
Keywords : 16th century, allegory, animal, village
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Les proverbes flamands

The Flemish Proverbs, also known as or subtitled The Upside-Down World or The Blue Oyster, is a painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, dated 1559, currently in the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin and forming part of the definitive body of painted work by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. There is another painting, Twelve Flemish Proverbs, also attributed to Brueghel the Elder but whose attribution is uncertain. The painting is signed and dated lower right: "BRVEGEL, 1559". The dense and rather unbalanced composition, typical of the painter's early manner, illustrates around 120 proverbs or sayings, which some analyse and describe in relation to Nordic folklore in general, and which others have better defined by referring to Flemish sayings. Called La Huque bleu after the central character who cheats on her husband, it has sometimes been suggested that this composition as a whole should be interpreted as a representation of the world turned upside down. Like the Combat de Carnaval et Carême of 1559, these are large oil compositions on oak panels, skilful orchestrations of detailed scenes animated by numerous characters. At this point, the painter signed his work Bruegel rather than Brueghel, doing away with the h he had used until then, and the works he subsequently dated would appear as milestones in his career. The painting was mentioned by the art dealer Guilliam Forchoudt in 1669 under the name De Blauwe huyck. It is probably the painting mentioned in the inventory of goods (13 August [...]


This artwork is a painting from the renaissance period. It belongs to the baroque style.


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