The painter I admire most is Pieter Bruegel the Elder. His achievement in painting even today is unrepeatable. The compositions are constructed so cleverly that the viewer does not notice the difference between real and unreal. Bruegel managed to blend his visions and reality so effortlessly that it really speaks of his genius. This is the time of 1500s when the only tools that he could use to memorise details were pencils, ink and paper. I always wonder how much time he may have spent with simply looking at the world, learning it and taking it fully in, to create masterpieces.
I was very young when I first met Bruegel’s painting “The Triumph of Death” in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. When I saw the painting in Madrid for the first time I was only 12 years old. This painting has been the most important work in my professional practice ever since. There is little I remember from that time. I was only just begining to discover painting and Art of the Great Masters. At the age of 16 I painted a life size copy of the original painting, and this was determinative in the later years.
The grand Pieter Bruegel Exhibition in 2018 at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna gave me the opportunity to see the painting again in life after 25 years. It is yet a future plan to create artworks and a new collection related to Bruegel. Flemish Art has already inspired some of the pieces we create at the Agnes Toth Studio. Furthermore here you can see collections that were inspired by painting.