Inventory number
P00786
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
The Washerwomen
Chronology
1777 - 1780
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
257,5 cm x 166 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Genre and Society
On display
Yes
Provenance
Coleción Real : Entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 24 de enero de 1780. Transferido entre 1856-1857 al Palacio Real de Madrid (sótanos del oficio de tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por reales órdenes de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870.

A group of washerwoman work or rest alongside the Manzanares River. One of them dozes in another's lap and is the object of a practical joke in which the latter attempts to frighten her with a lamb. Two others are busy washing in the background.

Here, Goya presents one of the most naturalistic and beautiful landscapes from his entire production of tapestry cartoons. It depicts an area near Madrid, with the Manzanares River that flows down from the Guadarrama Mountains whose snowy blue peaks are visible in the background. The silvery tonalities and the interpretation of the background mountains are clearly drawn from the works of Diego Velázquez.

This is part of a set of cartoons for tapestries to be hung in the antechamber to the bedroom of the Prince and Princess of Asturias at the El Pardo Palace.

 
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