- Inventory number
- Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
- A Hunter and his Dogs
- 268 cm x 67,5 cm
- Género y sociedad
- On display
- Entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 24 de mayo de 1775. Transferido entre 1856-1857 al Palacio Real de Madrid (sótanos del oficio de tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por reales órdenes de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870.
His back to the viewer, and a shotgun on his shoulder, a hunter turns to grasp the leash of his two dogs in wooded surroundings appropriate for his activity.
Goya perfectly integrates the man with nature and with his dog, with whom he seems to be conversing, encouraging him to act. The sinuous upward movement of the tree strengthens this vertical composition.
The painting is one of the cartoons for tapestries in the Prince and Princess of Asturias' dining room at El Escorial. Its extremely narrow format indicates that it was to be hung beside a window, a door, or between them and a corner.