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Description of Peter Bruegel’s painting “Cripples”


The painting by Peter Bruegel, entitled “Cripples” has quite realistic motifs from remnants of life, at all times, and even in the modern world, it is not uncommon to find such a composition live.

Here, unfortunately, the question is different, what did the artist try to achieve when writing this picture, what did he strive for, what was his goal, will we try to figure it out together? Immediately, what arises before our eyes is a rather depressing, rightly screaming composition, consisting of several cripples that lack certain limbs.

We prefer, at the very least, not to encounter this rather ugly world of missing and chopped limbs. Most likely, one of the artist’s tasks was to push the viewer directly face to face, and these cripples without the possibility of embarrassingly removing their gaze from them. The color composition is also quite interesting, these cripples, who once were full-fledged people, who see their whole remaining life in mostly gray tones, are sitting on a rather saturated green color of grass. In their eyes, the pain they receive in only "thanks" to us is clearly visible.

Pain and most likely hopelessness. They are surrounded by rather aggressive, red, brick walls, which add to this picture even more tragedy, which is already happening everywhere, but we are used to, without noticing the problem, to think that it does not exist.

It becomes clear that Bruegel, when he painted this picture, did not even think of creating allegorical motives for the incorrect creation of this world, and specifically, the helplessness of people who were in trouble and forced to experience this tragedy again and again.

Very bright and colorful, the theme in this picture is revealed, which will allow any viewer who decides to join the art to think about it.





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