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Peter Bruegel in his picture entitled “The Battle of Shrovetide and Fasting” personifies a kind of theatrical genre, which is called farce. The picture has the following preface and plot - before us is seen the confrontation of Lent and Pancake Week, which personify good and evil and all the facets of it.
This picture is the beginning in a new stage of the artist’s creativity, so a lot of effort has been put into this picture. In front of the viewer is the square of one of the Flemish cities, which is completely dotted with a large number of different figures that are similar at first glance to people, but this is only at first glance. These figures create real turmoil, they constantly move and create turmoil.
People walk between houses, lean out the windows, drag something, push, in general, there is nothing stationary in this picture and if you look at it for a while, you get the feeling that the picture is starting to come to life. The viewer is completely immersed in the atmosphere of the picture and becomes an involuntary observer of all this turmoil. The master presents us with a kind of "cosmicity" of human creatures.
It is worth noting that during the period of painting, many artists tried to liken a person to nature and vice versa. The artist shows his audience, human society, as a kind of anthill, at the same time, anyone can consider this and some beauty. This is due to a very subtle pictorial solution, which is almost instantly striking. The heroes of the picture are depicted so insignificant, but at the same time vital, so much that sometimes you can’t even distinguish between a person’s face or a mask of a jester.
Together with the extravaganza of joy and happiness, the picture is full of bitterness and even somewhat ironic. Each millimeter of the canvas is drawn with particular care, sometimes even the smallest details of clothing or facial expressions can be considered.
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