When Opposites Are One   10 comments

“The Hunters In the Snow,” oil painting on wood by Pieter Bruegel

This work of Pieter Bruegel is a favorite of many people, but most know of his paintings only because of this painting, “Hunters in the Snow,” a scene appearing on many Christmas cards. His paintings are beautiful because of his compositions make one of opposites, based on Eli Siegel’s principle of aesthetic realism: “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making of one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”


opposites are one

composing yesteryear’s coldness
stretching through time
standing still in the moment

searching the unrestricted
working with opposites
reassuring in sameness

emphasizing divergence
promising order
pleasing to self


(First posted December 15, 2009)

10 responses to “When Opposites Are One

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  1. Love this. I’ve become enamored also of
    19th century American artists like Winslow Homer and George Bellows. Great stuff and thank you for sharing.


  2. My parent’s had a large print of this painting and I studied it often when I was a kid because I loved the images and the tone. Bruegel is a favorite of mine; there’s so much to see in his work. Thanks for this.


  3. I love this painting there is always so much to see!!


  4. Great painting.!! I love his work 🙂


  5. So much to love.


  6. Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:

    Looking back at my December 2013 posting, I decided it was time to Pieter Bruegel painting. — kenne


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