was among a group of 17 paintings from an anonymous West Coast estate consigned to Sotheby's by New York Fine Art Appraisers (NYFAA), an appraisal and art advisory firm.
Jones drives home this sense of loss and misadventure in his reference to Pieter Breugel the Elder's The Parable of the Blind Leading the Blind (1568): "the stumbling dark of the blind, that Breughel
knew about" (31).
Painter Pieter Breughel
the Elder's interpretation of Cockaigne was a depiction of overindulgence that engaged basic needs and desires.
Flemish Landscape Fables: Bosch, Breughel
, Bles, Bril
I see failed utopias." Also the paintings of Breughel
, Eastern miniatures and Asian frescoes serve as design sources.
Rabb sees Pieter Breughel
as the prophet of this new vision with his painting The Massacre of the Innocents, in which the biblical scene has been transferred to Europe.
swooping down up down up down up down up hovering like an eagle hanging gliding drifting wheeling (30) In her article 'The Ghost of Icarus', Elizabeth Allen describes 'how certain ideas, myths and images haunt artists across generations and cultures.' (31) She addresses the impact of Pieter Breughel
's renowned painting The Fall of Icarus on the work of poets W.H.
The fabulous Les Brigittines (above, right), in Place de la Chapelle in the so-called Breughel
district, is another local stalwart.
At one point he remarks that the place is "as rich in birds and animals as a Breughel
painting," as if he is attempting to reduce nature to what he has read as a familiar, contained, cultural experience:
Upon finishing this remarkable novel, I was reminded of Pieter Breughel
's 16th century painting, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, in which a winged figure in the far distance plunges into the sea, completely undetected by the surrounding figures on land.
Influences on his art--and his conception of what art should be doing--run from Bosch and Durer to Breughel