Inventory number
P00793
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
The Flower Girls, or Spring
Chronology
1786-1787
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
277 cm x 192 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
Pintado en el otoño de 1786. 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 young woman holding a girl by the hand receives a rose from another who kneels down to appreciate some flowers. A male figure behind them attempts to surprise the first woman with a baby rabbit he holds in his hand. The background of mountains visible behind them is very frequent in Goya's genre scenes.

For this allegory of spring, the painter eschews the customary representations of the goddess, Flora, used by many earlier painters. Instead, he combines real figures with that season's traditional attributes, such as flowers and hares.

The elegant posture of the young woman kneeling in the foreground echoes Las Meninas (P1174) by Velasquez, whose influence is present in Goya's work.

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

 
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