Inventory number
P00791
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
The Woodcutters
Chronology
1780
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
141 cm x 114 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
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 RR.OO. de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870.

A group of woodcutters, two of whom hold axes, cut up a fallen tree.

Goya creates a spiral composition with the three figures, whose different postures and attitudes liven up this realistic, everyday genre scene.

This cartoon was for one of the tapestries to be hung in the antechamber to the bedroom of the Prince and Princess in the El Pardo Palace. Its size and format indicate that it was intended to hang above a window.

 
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