Sunday, October 3, 2010

500 words on Bruegel

In the picture, "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" by Bruegel, the sky is the thing that pops out to me the most. The sky is a gray-ish color, but the sun is such a bright yellow. In the left corner, it looks like there is a little city. I also see the mountains in the right corner of the picture, it looks kind of foggy. The water is a nice blue-green color, and the water is very calm. I see boats going towards the sun, or maybe even towards the city. There is also another boat in the bottom right corner, it has a big sail. It appears that the boat is packed with a lot of stuff, probably going to sell things to people in the city. Right beside the boat I see feet splashing outside the water, which looks like someone drowning. I also see a fisherman fishing, kind of just watching this person stuck upside down in the water, and he isn’t doing anything about it. Closer up, I see a man in a blue, long-sleeved shirt, with a large backpack on. It looks like he has a big stick in his hand and a dog by his side. Also, there are many sheep’s surrounding this man. He probably has a sheep dog to help him. He is looking up towards the sky, maybe he seen something unusual in the sky, or maybe he was just enjoying the site, and thinking to himself. Then I see another man who is wearing a red-orange long-sleeved shirt and a green dress-looking thing over it, and brown tights. He looks like he is planting crops, and a horse pulling something making lines in the ground. The line this horse is making is probably the lines for the man to grow his crops. The trees look like they are starting to get their color back, so maybe it is the spring time since they are starting to plant again, and get the animals together. I like how this picture just comes together so nicely with the colors. The picture looks so vibrant, but the title gives off a different story. "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" sounds mellower, like the colors should be darker. I think the bright colors might be used to convey a message, like teach us something. It may be used to teach us even if you fall, get back up. It also may be trying to tell us you can't rise if you don’t follow directions, even if they are directions you think you don’t need to listen to. Bruegel put this picture together so well relating to the poem “The myth of Daedalus and Icarus” by Ovid. It demonstrates a perfect picture of when Icarus wings melted because he flew to close to the sun even though Daedalus told him not to. It also shows that there is always a reasoning behind what people tell you to do even if it isn’t something you want to do, and sometimes you have to risk the fun in doing whatever you want, and do what you have to do.

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