Inventory number
P02896
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
Hunter beside a Spring
Chronology
1786-1788
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
130 cm x 131 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
Pintado entre 1786 y 1787. Transferido entre 1856-1857 desde la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, al Palacio Real (sótanos del oficio de tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por reales órdenes de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870.

A hunter rests beside a spring, his shotgun still on his lap. The figure's solitude and his distracted gaze bring out the peace of life in Nature. The naturalism of the composition and its straightforward representation reveal Goya's thoughts about the subject of life in the country.

Like its companion, Shepherd playing the Dulzaina (P2895), this is a cartoon for a tapestry in the Prince's dining room at the El Pardo Palace. Both were designed to hang above windows, flanking the tapestry representing Spring (P793).

 
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