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Peasants binding a bundle of branches for firewood were often painted as one of winter’s labours. The precise subject here is unknown, although it is clearly critical in tone. The peasants, with their accomplice in the distance, look around suspiciously – they are possibly stealing the wood. Other vices are hinted at. The stout man to the left symbolises gluttony and his gaunt accomplice to the right, with his codpiece and phallic pipe, represents lechery.
oil on wood
36.2 x 27.3 cm
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS EnglandView venue
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