Recently I stumbled onto the artwork of Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

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I dunno. I think this might be one of the most beautiful illustrations I’ve ever seen. If anyone has a hi-res pic of this, I’d love to use it to make a print.

As for Bruegel, he was a Dutch or Flemish painter and printmaker who lived from 1525-1569. His paintings are equally beautiful, always with a lighting that’s both vibrant and somewhat muted. His renditions of the Tower of Babel are incredibly dramatic. One of my favorite Bruegel paintings is his Children’s Games.

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I’m not usually as taken with 16th century art as I am with more contemporary artists; I generally prefer the likes of Sol Lewitt, Franz Kline and Basquiat over, say, Quentin Massys. Okay, okay, so admittedly, I am a Caravaggio nut. Then again, who isn’t? But man, there’s a quality to Bruegel that’s undeniably crazy wonderful.

I mean, c’mon. That big fish pic. Ain’t that just about the best print ever?

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