Comparing Pieter Bruegel And Wislawa Szymborska

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Comparing Pieter Bruegel and Wislawa Szymborska


How could the painter Pieter Bruegel and writer Wislawa Szymborska have anything remotely in common, when the
fact is that four hundred years separate their works? A painting by Pieter Bruegel connects these two artists over
four hundred years of time.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder was born sometime between 1525 and 1530. Originally a student of Pieter Coecke van
Alost, he was later accepted into the Antwerp painters' guild in 1551. In 1563 he married Coecke's daughter, and
they later had two children. Both children would prove to have their own artistic abilities and would carry on the
painting tradition. Only six years after his marriage, he would be buried at the same church in which he had been
wed.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder was considered, "the most perfect painter of his century"(198) by Walter S. Gibson, an
author of a book on Bruegel. He chose not to follow the same Flemish style that was popular amongst many fellow
artists. This made him an individualist. Surprisingly, his works grew popular nonetheless. Bruegel often painted
scenes of vast landscapes, but was more known for his paintings of peasant life. Because he spent much of his time
working on peasant scenes, many think of him as one of the Flemish peasants. In reality, he was the same as any
townsman and actually regarded peasants as a form of low life and a social class to mock. This mockery is evident
in his painting Peasant Wedding and Feast. The wedding takes place in a barn, people are shoveling food into their
mouths, and as E.H. Gombrich puts it, the bride "sits quietly, with folded hands and a grin of utter contentment on
her stupid face"(380). This seems to be one of Bruegel's happier paintin!
gs of peasants, and their activities.
Due to the detailed nature of his paintings, Bruegel's works have often aided in deciphering events of the past. For
example, the Labours of the Month paintings distinctly show us the monthly routines of a peasant and his family: the
spring planting of fields, the long summer hours of work, and the fall harvesting. Without these paintings, peasant
life would not be portrayed as realistically as it was. When you hear that peasants had it bad, it is difficult to really
understand how bad it was. When you look at these paintings, you see little joy or happiness in the routines of
peasants' life.
One observer of Bruegel's works is Wislawa Szymborska, last year's winner of the Nobel prize for literature. Now
seventy-three years old, Szymborska lives in Krakow, Poland. Married twice (once to a writer and once to a poet),
she is considered to be one of the finest European artists of these times. She is also one of five Polish winners of the
Nobel prize for literature. Upon winning, Szymborska was quoted as saying, "I'm afraid I will not have a quiet life
now. It is hard to believe but I was never hoping for an award" (Heintz). This year's prize was...

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