The Easel

Bruegel in Black and White: Three Grisailles Reunited, Courtauld Gallery

Three small paintings are making a splash in London. The great 16th century artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder is best known for colourful folksy scenes. However, a few of his works were in monochrome grey and he regarded them as special. “Many of the qualities that distinguish Bruegel’s use of black and white would recur in the 20th century as the subject of heated debates on photography”. An interview (6 min) with the curator is here.