Inventory number
P00797
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
Poor Children at the Well
Chronology
1786-1787
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
277 cm x 115 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 woman and two boys have brought their jugs to the fountain for water. A house in the background indicates that there is a village nearby.

Romantic critics gave this painting its name, although nothing in the figures' clothing suggest poverty. The young mother's shawl, red stockings and black shoes with silver buckles indicate that she is a wealthy peasant. She looks with sweet understanding at her youngest son, who cries angrily, perhaps because, unlike his older brother, he has not been allowed to carry one of the jugs.

This cartoon was for one of the tapestries intended for the Prince of Asturias' dining room at the El Pardo Palace.

 
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