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Peasant Pastimes? The Art of Pieter Brueghel

The Arts Society Brussels (
17/01/2018 from 19:30until 17/01/2018 - 19:30
17 Jan
The Arts Society Brussels
Ave. Paul Hymans 2
1200 Woluwe St. Lambert  Brussels

Talk in English by Sophie Oosterwijk. In 2019, Flanders celebrates the life and times of Pieter Brueghel, 450 years since his death.

Talk in the Conference Hall at the Maison Communale of Woluwe St. Lambert, Ave. Paul Hymans 2.  Come along at 19.30 for a festive drink. Talk at 20.00.  Parking, Metro Tomberg.  Members free; guests welcome and can pay at the door.



Dear Members and Friends,

Merry is the word for this time of the year and we hope that you had a merry Christmas and will have a Happy, Healthy and Art- and Colourful 2018.

Merry is also a word in the title of our lecture on 17 January 2018 about the paintings from Pieter Brueghel the Elder. Ms Sophie Oosterwijk who graduated from Leicester University as art historian and from the University of Leiden will show that there is more to Brueghel than peasant paintings making merry.

Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1525 - 1569)
Ms Sophie Oosterwijk

Pieter Brueghel the Elder was the most significant artist of the Dutch and Flemish Renaissance paintings and printmaker from Brabant, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes. He was a formative influence on the Dutch Golden Age painting and later painting in general in his innovative choices of subject matter, as one of the first generation of artists to grow up when religious subjects had ceased to be the natural subject matter of painting. After his training and travels to Italy, he returned and settled in Antwerp in 1555, where he worked mainly as a prolific designer of prints. In 1563 he was married in Brussels, where he lived for the remainder of his short life. It was towards the end of the decade that he switched to make painting his main medium, and all his famous paintings come from the following period of little more than a decade before his early death, when he was probably in his early forties, and at the height of his powers.

He is sometimes referred to as "Peasant Bruegel", to distinguish him from the many later painters in his family, including his son Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564-1638). From 1559, he dropped the 'h' from his name and signed his paintings as Bruegel; his relatives continued to use "Brueghel" or "Breughel.

If you would like to see more about Brueghel, please visit the The Brueghel unseen masterpieces virtual exhibition. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium launched this project jointly with the Google Cultural Institute in anticipation of the 450th anniversary of Bruegel’s death, in 2019. This innovative concept is the fruit of in-depth thinking on current transformations in the field of museology as it adapts to the digital era and is worth visiting.

As we informed you in our previous lecture and newsletter, our members can bring a friend for free to this lecture to enjoy a cheerful talk and to find out more about our interesting and lively talks.

To celebrate the New Year we will welcome our members with their friends and our usual guests in a bubbly atmosphere to drink to each others health with a glass of champagne as of 19h30.
If you are unable to attend on 17 January, then please come on 14 February with the fantastic topic: architecture of the American West. For sheer variety this lecture is hard to beat.

We look forward to seeing you again in 2018 and hope that you will spread the word about the Arts Society Brussels.

Pauline Kwakernaak, Chairman

The Arts Society Brussels is the operating name of
the British Decorative and Fine Arts Society of Brussels (“ Bridfas” asbl).

How better to celebrate the upcoming Valentine's Day than by discovering the sweet secrets of the art of chocolate Guided Tour:

Chocolate Art,
11 February 2018 - 15h00 at:

Belgian Chocolate Village
De Neckstraat 20
1081 Brussel (Koekelberg)
Price: members €15,- non-members €20,-
The exact details will follow upon payment of the price.
Bank transfer to BRIDFAS - BE51 3100 5407 5162
[from outside Belgium BIC - BBRUBEBB]
Payment message: “full name & e-mail
For our guided tours, please have a look on our website:

The Arts Society Brussels/Guided Tours

Lecture Wednesday 17 January 2018
Pieter Brueghel the Elder
by Sophie Oosterwijk
at the Maison Communale in Woluwe St Lambert

Jan 11, 2018 17:25