The Gloomy Day
|The Gloomy Day|
|Artist||Pieter Brueghel the Elder|
|Type||Oil on wood|
|Dimensions||118 cm × 163 cm ( 46 1⁄2 in × 64 1⁄8 in)|
|Location||Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna|
The Gloomy Day is an oil on wood painting by Pieter Bruegel in 1565. The painting is one in a series of six works, five of which are still extant, that depict different times of the year. The painting is currently in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, located in Vienna, Austria.
The painting's scene is set around the start of the calendar year at around January, portrayed by the bleak atmosphere and leafless trees. The paper crown around the boy's head which refers to Epiphany and the eating of waffles which were commonly consumed at Carnival time prior to Lent. The sky, the ships crashing against the shoreline, and the children preparing themselves in the foreground suggest that harsh weather is coming.
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