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The element of urban life is the central composition in the work of Peter Brueghel. On the canvas "Children's Games" shows a street strewn with children who are fooling around and playing. The picture has no limit of perspective. The artist has already turned his eyes towards the idle crowd, and this time with the accuracy of a writer he tells the audience about the absurdity of human activity. Thus, the author addresses the problem of the place of man in the world.
The public is presented with an urban space, quite open, similar to modern squares, but executed in a medieval manner. There are houses on opposite sides of the street, sometimes not very realistic, but not at all embellished. Aside, the shore with the river, which rushes off into the distance, turns green. And everywhere, on every piece of free space, crowds of children who play from morning to evening were attached.
Based on visual practice, Brueghel reproduces everything very accurately. Surprisingly, the artist managed to make out every detail, group or figure on the canvas. "Children's Games" is a kind of encyclopedia of children's games: the picture features more than a hundred children's pranks and fun. Many of them today remain as relevant as they were 500 years ago. Kids walk on stilts, play napkins, chase a hoop.
Bruegel was not himself if he had captured an event in a descriptive manner. He is worried about another thought: the meaninglessness of human existence. If you look closely, you can see games in which kids deftly imitate adults, portraying a wedding or a store, as if Bruegel himself tells us that all human activities are absurd, no matter what he does.
There are no smiles on the faces of the players and it looks strange. Like adults, they surrender to the game with all thoughtful perseverance. The task that the artist always faced was to convey the world as authentic as possible, such as it was in that era of cruelty and violence.
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