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Pieter Bruegel. The Complete Works

Hardcover with fold-outs, 11.4 x 15.6 in., 13.22 lb, 492 pages
US$ 200
Discover the complete works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the most significant artist of Flemish Renaissance painting. Marking the 450th anniversary of his death and his first ever monographic exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, this XXL monograph gathers all 40 paintings, 65 drawings, and 89 engravings—each piece a unique witness to both the religious mores and the close-knit folk culture of Bruegel’s time.

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The Complete Bruegel

New photography of the Dutch master’s works in XXL resolution
The life and times of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1526/30–1569) were marked by stark cultural conflict. He witnessed religious wars, the Duke of Alba’s brutal rule as governor of the Netherlands, and the palpable effects of the Inquisition. To this day, the Flemish artist remains shrouded in mystery. We know neither where nor exactly when he was born. But while early scholarship emphasized the vernacular character of his painting and graphic work, modern research has attached greater importance to its humanistic content.

Starting out as a print designer for publisher Hieronymus Cock, Bruegel produced numerous print series that were distributed throughout Europe. These depicted vices and virtues alongside jolly peasant festivals and sweeping landscape panoramas. He would eventually increasingly turn to painting, working for the cultural elite of Antwerp and Brussels.

This monograph is a testament to Bruegel’s evolution as an artist, one who bravely confronted the issues of his day all the while proposing new inventions and solutions. Rather than idealizing reality, he addressed the horrors of religious warfare and took a critical stand against the institution of the Church. To this end, he developed his own pictorial language of dissidence, lacing innocuous everyday scenes with subliminal statements in order to escape repercussions.

To produce this XXL-sized collection, TASCHEN undertook a comprehensive photographic campaign, capturing all the breadth and splendid detail of Bruegel’s oeuvre like never before. The result gathers all 40 paintings, 65 drawings, and 89 engravings in pristine reproductions—each piece a unique witness to both the religious mores and the close-knit folk culture of Bruegel’s time.

Marking the 450th anniversary of his death and his first ever monographic exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, this volume is the most immersive journey into Bruegel’s unique visual universe.
The authors

Jürgen Müller holds the chair of Early Modern and Modern Art History at the Technical University of Dresden. He studied Art History at the universities of Bochum, Münster, Pisa, Paris, and Amsterdam, and has worked as an art critic and curator of numerous exhibitions. He is also the editor of TASCHEN’s movies by decade series.

Thomas Schauerte is the director of the municipal museums in Aschaffenburg. Until 2019 he was the manager of the Albrecht Dürer House, the City Museum and the art collections of the City of Nuremberg. He is a specialist in graphic art whose research focusses on Albrecht Dürer and the art of the Middle Ages and the Baroque period.

Pieter Bruegel. The Complete Works
Hardcover with fold-outs, 11.4 x 15.6 in., 13.22 lb, 492 pages

Customer reviews (15)

An aesthetic of chaos and life

Omar, October 30, 2021
This book show how Pieter was an expert at capturing chaos and the live of workers hustling in their life. A beautiful eye of how it was in the 16th century.

Genuine art

Sergey, October 27, 2021
One of the best art books by a wonderful Master. High-quality printing and excellent internal filling.

A Superb Book!

Charles, October 27, 2021
Has quickly become my favourite book. Seeing Bruegel's paintings come to life off the pages gives me goosebumps. Long live Taschen.

Superb Plates

Colin, October 27, 2021
Probably the definitive book on Bruegel, excellent reproductions.

Splendid book

Hugh, October 27, 2021
What seems to be a complete collection of Bruegel's paintings, with several scholarly commentaries.
The whole paintings are shown (often with fold-outs), but there are also detailed views, which are valuable with work that is as busy with figures as Bruegel's.
I enjoyed the book very much (it is very heavy: I'm glad I have a reading desk).

Best on Bruegel

Robert, October 27, 2021
This is absolutely the best book available on Pieter Bruegel. The plates are beautiful and of exceptional quality, with magnifications of details not found anywhere else. The text is also excellent, revealing the history and motivation of the painter. If you are a student or fan of Brueghel, you must have this book.

Avocat

Virgile, October 27, 2021
Great Book ! I love to read it with my daughter !!

Una edición cuidadísima

Jose David, October 27, 2021
Una edición cuidadísima, tanto en lo visual como en lo conceptual. Los textos ayudan a arrojar luz a la fantástica obra de este artista inagotable. Tuve la edición pequeña pero aunque más manejable, no permitía disfrutar de las pinturas en toda su gloria. Esta edición hace justicia a la obra que muestra.

Artista

Vicente, October 27, 2021
Fantástico libro. Una suerte poder acercarme tanto a los detalles de las obras. El texto en español lo agradezco mucho y me parece muy interesante. Enhorabuena por vuestro esfuerzo !!..y gracias !!!

Majestuoso.

Alejandro, December 17, 2021
La serie Obras Completas edición XL es un verdadero tesoro. Invaluable trabajo de recopilación de las obras además de aportar contexto, lo que brinda una mejor comprensión del autor y su trabajo.
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