A Village Bullfight (1812 – 1814) by Francisco Goya

A Village Bullfight - Francisco Goya - 1812 - 1814

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TitleA Village Bullfight
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1812 - 1814
Dimensions45 x 72 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationReal Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain

About A Village Bullfight

The artwork “A Village Bullfight” by Francisco Goya dates from 1812 to 1814. It is an oil on canvas and falls within the Romanticism art movement. Measuring 45 by 72 centimeters, this genre painting is part of the collection of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain.

Depicting a scene of popular entertainment, the artwork illustrates a bullfight taking place, presumably in a village due to the title. The energy and movement of the spectators and participants are palpable. In the foreground, an enraptured crowd observes the event, while the center of the scene is dominated by a bull on the move, capturing the attention of both onlookers and bullfighters alike. The attention is further drawn to the mounted figures in the middle, who seem to be playing a significant role in the bullfight, possibly picadors, who are tasked with weakening the bull in the initial stage of a fight. In the background, village buildings under a hazy sky complete the setting, providing a sense of place and time. The use of light and shadow, along with the loose brushwork, is typical of Goya’s style during this period, conveying a sense of immediacy and capturing a candid moment in Spanish culture.

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