Inventory number
P00803
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Boys Climbing a Tree
Chronology
1791-1792
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
141 cm x 111 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Genre and Society
On display
Yes
Provenance
Pintado a fines de 1791 o principios de 1792. Entregado en fecha indeterminada, en 1792, a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid. Transferido entre 1856-1857 desde la Fábrica de Tapices al Palacio Real, Madrid (sótanos del oficio de tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por reales órdenes de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870.

Three boys play together, trying to climb a small tree. One of them stands on another's back and is helped by the third. The background combines the landscape to the left with a massive castle on the right.

The painting was a cartoon for one of the tapestries in Carlos IV's office at El Escorial and bears the characteristics of Goya's last designs, especially in the use of figures that stand out against lit backgrounds that help to define depth.

 
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