Pieter the Younger makes copies and re-interpretations from the works of their father. Jan prefers original themes and stays in Italy from 1590 to 1596, in Naples and then in Rome and Milan.
An oil on copper 26 x 35 cm painted by Jan in Italy, part of the cycle of Jonah, was sold for £ 1.07M including premium by Sotheby's in London on December 3, 2008. It comes in the same auction room on December 5, lot 11 estimated £ 1.8M. It is signed Brueghel and dated 1595.
This work from the youth of Jan voluntarily juxtaposes two contradictory lights, perhaps to exercise his know-how.
On the left, brightly lit by the sun, the coastal villages are inspired by the south of Italy. In the foreground, fishermen sell their catches. This scene as well as the animated beach a little further anticipates one of the favorite themes of the artist.
The rest of the picture is a marine in the darkness under a terrible stormy sky. In this space Jonah is thrown overboard from a small boat.
The image is shared by Wikimedia.
SOLD for £ 2M including premium