Landscape with Travellers and Peasants on a Track

A convoy of travellers in horse-drawn carriages encounters a group of peasants dancing to the music of a violin. Other anecdotal scenes can be seen, like a man resting in the grass. The background opens up to a vast valley, providing a view of the town in the far distance.

Between 1600 and 1610, Jan Brueghel executed more and more peasant scenes that show the influence of his father Pieter Bruegel the Elder, such as the couples dancing. This painting also indicates that, around 1600, the artist used more orthogonal compositions, with a vertical accent given by the trees on the left, and a horizontal one given by the hills on the right. In earlier works, like the Harbour scene with Christ preaching, everything is generally more organised along diagonal lines.

Key facts

Artist dates
1568 - 1625
Full title
Landscape with Travellers and Peasants on a Track
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on copper
33 x 50.2 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
On loan from the Peter Meyer Collection
Inventory number
Location in Gallery