Nevertheless the title is not incongruous. Ice can cover an invisible trap. The genesis of this fear dates back to the confrontation of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (spelling without 'h') with religious wars, a terrible ordeal for the end of the life of this great artist who desired to be a moralizer.
The prototype of The Bird Trap by Pieter the Elder is not identified with certainty although the example kept in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is a good candidate. However his Massacre of the Innocents, located almost in the same place in the Flemish village with the same snow, confirms the message of the deceptive tranquility of the Bird Trap.
A Massacre of the Innocents 122 x 170 cm by Pieter the Younger, sold for £ 4.6 million including premium by Sotheby's on 8 July 2009, is dated around 1605-1610 by dendrochronology. It is very close to the original composition by his father.
Morals turned progressively into a charming landscape without a major modification of the image when the memories of the war went to be erased. Five copies of the Bird Trap were dated by the artist between 1601 and 1626. The last of them, 40 x 57 cm, was sold for £ 3.9M including premium by Sotheby's on July 9, 2014 over a lower estimate of £ 1M.
In a study published in 2000, Klaus Ertz considered 45 autograph paintings of the Bird Trap by Pieter the Younger. The oil on panel 46 x 59 cm for sale by Dorotheum in Vienna on April 19 is an addition to that corpus. By stylistic considerations, Ertz positions it around 1616. It is estimated € 700K, lot 39.
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