The removal of the crucible

Since tomorrow is the first of May (International Workers’ Day), I want to show you ‘The removal of the broken crucible’.

This artwork of Constantin Meunier is displayed at the Fin de Siècle Museum, in Brussels.In this painting, the artist depicted a moment in the glassmaking industry: the workers are jointly removing the crucible (a container for melting metals).

Meunier is so talented that we can actually imagine the heat and the incredible physical effort that the removal requires.

He is one of my favorite Belgian artists. His beautiful artworks tell us about the social and economical history of Belgium: it’s a good way to learn history from art.  

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