The Collection At The Museum Of Fine Arts

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Integrated into the Permanent Collection at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Pieter Brueghel the Younger 1620’s painting Return from the Inn, illustrates an outdoor winter scenery of rustic peasant life in early seventeenth century Belgium. Born in 1564 or 1565 in Brussels, Belgium, Pieter Brueghel the Younger was a Flemish painter best known for being the oldest son of the notable sixteenth-century Netherlandish painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Mayken Coecke van Aelstv (Artnet, 2016). Following the passing of both of his parents, Brueghel the Younger and his siblings Marie and Jan went to live with their grandmother Mayken Verhulst, a reputable painter of watercolors. It was her who acquainted Brueghel the Younger to painting. Around 1578, the family relocated to Antwerp, Belgium, where Brueghel the Younger settled down and started a family. Also during this time, Brueghel the Younger was practicing painting in the studio of a landscape painter, Gillis van Coninxloo (Artnet, 2016).
The flourishing art market of this era and the high demand of Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s paintings drove his son to dedicate his time to recreating a body of low-priced and inspired replicas of his father’s peasant scenes works (ArtUK, 2016). Akin to his father, he painted sceneries, religious matters, axioms and small town landscapes. The paintings were sold for local sale and export and were generally noted as missing humanism and nuance. In addition, he did create authentic
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