Children's Games (updated after Bruegel) Duke of York Square
Adam Dant2019 76.5 x 112 cm
Hand-tinted lithograph on 300 gsm Somerset satin paper
Signed and editioned by the artist
Edition of 50
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The narrative of Pieter Bruegel's 1560 depiction of children's games is relocated from Flanders to contemporary Chelsea, or more specifically to 'Hans Town', in Adam Dant's latest lively print. Hans Town, being the location of lots of schools and nurseries is often swarming with children who pretty much take over The Duke of York Square at 'home time' to eat buns, run around and do what children have done since Bruegel created his famous juvenile scene (even if that be poking poo with a stick).
The Duke of York Square on London's Kings Road is slightly re-modelled in to conform to the pictorial space of the original painting. The town hall is replaced by Partridges delicatessen and the Jigsaw outfitters, the Duke of York sports field takes the place of Bruegel's water meadow and the rough 16th Century tavern is replaced by the slick new Vardo cafe.
Bruegel's painting is thought to have been created as part of a series depicting the ages of man. There are no adults in the picture, it being teeming with youth and infants all engaged in various sorts of fun and games. Some children's games remain perennially popular, chasing and fighting games continue unabated in Dant's depiction. But added to these are all manner of modern diversions provided by new faddish toys such as the Rubik's cube and fancy board games as well as ubiquitous 'self-serving devices' like the 'iPad' and 'game box'.
Dant's updated version of Bruegel was created especially for the children's charity, WellChild, to show that the world of play and the delights of carefree days should be the natural domain of all infants, children and young people regardless of their personal travails and circumstances.
A percent of the sale of these prints will benefit the WellChild charity.