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Teju Cole

Bruegel's "Hunters in the Snow" is the most precious painting to me in the wide world. When I saw it, for the first time, in Vienna, I got a lump in my throat. I had loved it for too long, and it did not disappoint.

You evoke the mood and details of that masterwork very well here. The sweep of the land, the craggy horizon, and human effort etched out against the snow-blanket. The photos answer very well to the painting.

You know what else is wonderful? "The Return of the Herd" by the same artist, and once, I passed by a farm (in North Carolina) that brought that tableau to life, too.


Teju Cole: You make me want to go to Vienna again (I missed the Kunsthistorisches museum when I was there a few years back). Perhaps this Easter would be a good time for a visit.


shld i even say something?

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