Thirty years later, when Pieter the younger started his career, times had changed. Under the yoke of Spain, Flanders was no longer a coveted country. Pieter Brueghel executed many copies from the works of his father, now valued for their picturesque scenics. He was also a great artist in his own right, featuring crowds in festivals and processions.
The new compositions by Pieter the younger are much freer than those by his father. Well differentiated areas allow to highlight the occupations of many characters, always spontaneous and often truculent. He creates several variations of the kermesse of St George without locating them in the same village. St George is celebrated a few days after Easter when spring offers all its opulence.
One of the St George fairs by Pieter the younger show the dances and drinking orgies in the square of a village. The largest painting in this variant, an oil on panel 117 x 176 cm, is dated 1628. Such a dating is rare in the art of Pieter the younger and means that he was happy with its achievement. It was sold for £ 3.7 million including premium by Sotheby's on December 8, 2004.
On July 9 in London, Christie's sells an oil on panel 72 x 103 cm, lot 45 estimated £ 2.5M. It differs from the masterpiece of 1628 in tiny details and is without doubt slightly earlier. The musician is too far, the drunkard has not started vomiting and there is no banner above the figure of the saint. It is signed Breughel, the new spelling used by the artist from 1616.