My Bruegel Quest, I

Ben Yagoda
4 min readMar 26, 2024

My favorite painter is Bruegel. That’s Pieter Bruegel the Elder (circa 1525-’30–1569), as opposed to his sons Pieter Brueghel the Younger and Jan Brueghel the Elder. (I don’t know where the boys got the “h.”) This has been the case for a long time. I believe my attachment to the artist dates from high school, when I read W.H. Auden’s great poem “Musée des Beaux Arts” (1940), which begins:

About suffering they were never wrong,
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How…

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Ben Yagoda

Author, "The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song. " www.benyagoda.com. Linktree https://linktr.ee/benyagoda