Rare painting by Brueghel the Younger found in a private house in France

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A painting by the Dutch artist Pieter Brueghel the Younger was discovered at the home of a French family.

The event was reported by The Guardian.

One of the greatest works by Brueghel the Younger, painted between 1615 and 1617, has been hanging just outside the door in someone's home since 1900. The owners, who wished to remain anonymous, called a representative of the Daguerre Val de Loire auction house to evaluate the work.

An expert examination confirmed the work's originality. "After realizing the value of the painting, which they had been living next to all this time, the family asked me to take a picture of them with it. It was both funny and touching," the auction house noted. The cost of the work is estimated at 800 thousand euros. The painting will be sold at an auction in Paris.

Image: Pieter Brueghel the Younger, work by Antonis van Dyck

Pieter Brueghel the Younger was born in 1564 in Brussels, in the family of the Flemish artist Pieter Brueghel the Elder. His younger brother Jan Brueghel the Elder was also an artist. Brueghel the Younger painted landscapes, religious subjects, and scenes of rural life.

His work "The Village Lawyer" depicts a chaotic line of peasants in a lawyer's office. In addition to signed and dated versions of this painting, there are also dozens of similar paintings whose authorship has not been confirmed. The original version of the work from 1617 hangs in the Louvre.



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