The Hay Wagon by Pieter Bruegel the Elder depicts a scene of peasants loading hay onto a wagon. The hay wagon is being pulled by a team of oxen. The scene is set in a rural landscape with rolling hills and a river in the background. The peasants are dressed in simple clothing and are engaged in a mundane task. However, the painting is not without its humor. One of the peasants has lost his hat, which is being chased by a dog. Another peasant is looking back at the dog with a bemused expression.
This painting is an example of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s peasant scenes. These paintings were intended to be humorous and depict the everyday lives of peasants. However, they also provide a glimpse into the poverty and hard work that was characteristic of peasant life.