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Landscape with two mules
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Landscape with two mules

Master of the Mountain Landscapes (active late 16th or early 17th century)

Formerly attributed to Pieter the Elder Bruegel (ca. 1525-1569)

Pen and ink on paper

Width: 42.6 cm; Height: 29.3 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
HM Government (Acceptance in Lieu); allocation; 1978

About this work
Jagged peaks meet a brooding sky above a sweeping valley, with two mules driven by a lone figure in the foreground. The stipple-like rendering of the trees and strong hatching are more reflective of the technique of engraving than the drawing style of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, to whom this drawing was once attributed, demonstrating the extensive influence and dissemination of his prints. By quoting rock formations from Bruegel’s prints, the artist used the master’s motifs to develop larger compositions encapsulating the rugged grandeur of the Alps. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © Accepted by HM Government in lieu of capital transfer tax and presented to the Samuel Courtauld Trust for The Courtauld Gallery in 1981.

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