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Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Pieter Brueghel the Elder,

Cycle of the month pictures scene: The Gloomy Day (February or March). Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

1565, oil on wood, 118 × 163 cm
Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

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Zyklus der Monatsbilder, Szene: Der düstere Tag (Monat Februar oder März). Pieter Bruegel d. Ä..

1565, Öl auf Holz, 118 × 163 cm
Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum

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. Πήτερ Μπρίγκελ ο πρεσβύτερος

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The Gloomy Day is an oil on wood painting by Pieter Bruegel in 1565. The painting is one in a series of six works, five of which are still extant, that depict different times of the year. The painting is currently in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, located in Vienna, Austria.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Pieter Brueghel the Elder,
The Gloomy Day ( February or March ) , detail

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Pieter Brueghel the Elder,
The Gloomy Day ( February or March ) , detail

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Pieter Brueghel the Elder,
The Gloomy Day ( February or March ) , detail

The painting's scene is set around the start of the calendar year at around January, portrayed by the bleak atmosphere and leafless trees. The paper crown around the boy's head which refers to Epiphany and the eating of waffles which were commonly consumed at Carnival time prior to Lent. The sky, the ships crashing against the shoreline, and the children preparing themselves in the foreground suggest that harsh weather is coming.

Bruegel is famous for his paintings of scenery and nature. Most of his paintings of the countryside tell a story or have a moral message.[1]
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