Inventory number
P02899
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
The Milkmaid of Bordeaux
Chronology
1825 - 1827
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
74 cm x 68 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Genre and Society
On display
Yes
Provenance
Leocadia Zorrilla, Bordeaux. Juan Bautista de Muguiro e Iribarrern, Bordeaux, 1830. Juan Bautista de Muguiro y Beruete, II Count of Muguiro, and Fermín de Muguiro y Beruete, III Count of Muguiro. Prado Museum, 1945

An image of a young milkmaid with an apron, a shawl on her shoulders and a scarf holding back her hair. There is a milk jug behind her, to the left. The bottom-to-top perspective seems intended to give the sensation that she is riding a mule.

The light colors and straightforward subject matter contrast with Goya's last works, both in Madrid and in Bordeaux, when darker color schemes brought out more tragic scenes, as in his Black Paintings.

 
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