The Peasant
Holbein Proofs, Peasant

The Peasant

Jean de Mauleon, September
Jean de Mauleon

D eath helps the peasant ploughing the fields — just like Death once helped Adam delving. The sinking sun forebodes that this will be the last time for this peasant. The idyllic sunset has often been praised by various commentators.

Smith-LesouŽf 42, September
Peasant

The beeyoutiful idyl is somehow marred by one of the horses shitting — and all considered, it's all rubbish and the idyl is only seeming. Death is not helping the peasant, on the contrary he's driving the horses away with a speed that is bound to kill the horses along with the peasant.

The image of the peasant is much reminiscent of books of hours produced by the so-called "1520s Hours Workgroup". See pictures to the left and right.

Variations: Birckmann lets Death place the hourglass on the plough (instead of having it hanging around the neck), and adds a canteen in the lower corner. This is copied by Deuchar.
Rubens let Death turn his head, so we can see him in profile. This is copied by Mechel

Various Artists

Holbein Proofs (1526)
Holbein Proofs 1526: Peasant
Holbein (1538)
Holbein 1538: Peasant
Vogtherr (1544)
Vogtherr 1544: Peasant
Birckmann (1555)
Birckmann 1555: Peasant
Scharffenberg (1576)
Scharffenberg 1576: Peasant
Straub (1581)
Straub 1581: Peasant
Chytraeus (1590)
Chytraeus 1590: Peasant
Rubens (1590)
Rubens 1590: Peasant
Kieser (1617)
Kieser 1617: Peasant
Meyer (1650)
Meyer 1650: Peasant
Hollar (1651?)
Hollar 1651?: Peasant
Valvasor (1682)
Valvasor 1682: Peasant
Erbaulicher Sterb-Spiegel (1704)
Erbaulicher Sterb-Spiegel 1704: Peasant
Rusting (1707)
Rusting 1707: Peasant
Mechel (1780)
Mechel 1780: Peasant
Deuchar (1788)
Deuchar 1788: Peasant
Bewick (1789)
Bewick 1789: Peasant
Anderson (1810)
Anderson 1810: Peasant
Pseudo-Bewick (1825)
Pseudo-Bewick 1825: Peasant
Bechstein (1831)
Bechstein 1831: Peasant
Schlotthauer (1832)
Schlotthauer 1832: Peasant
Douce (1833)
Douce 1833: Peasant
Curmer (1858)
Curmer 1858: Peasant

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