Inventory number
P00777
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Boys picking Fruit
Chronology
1778
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
119 cm x 122 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Genre and Society
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection: Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, 25th January 1778; Royal Palace, Madrid, “sótanos del oficio de tapicería”, 1856-1857; Prado Museum, 1870 (R. O. 18.1.1870 / R. O. 9.2.1870)

A boy steps on another's back as he attempts to climb a tree and pick its fruit, while two others watch expectantly, hoping to receive some.

This is one of Goya's cartoons for the tapestries intended to hang in the dining room of the Prince and Princess of Asturias (the future Carlos IV and his wife Maria Luisa de Parma) at El Escorial.

Goya knew the world of children and repeated similar subjects shortly afterwards in cartoons for the office of Carlos IV in El Escorial. Here he draws on Spanish Baroque painting, especially certain works by Murillo which show children enjoying fruit.

Access to the series of ten tapestry cartoons destined for the dining room of the Prince and Princess of Asturias at the palace of El Pardo: The Picnic (P00768); Dance on the Banks of the Manzanares (P00769); A Fight at the Venta Nueva (P00770); An Avenue in Andalusia or The Maja and the cloaked Men (P00771); The Drinker (P00772); The Parasol (P00773); The Kite (P00774); The Card Players (P00775); Children blowing up a Bladder (P00776); Boys picking Fruit (P00777).

 
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