Autumn, or The Grape Harvest (1786 – 1787) by Francisco Goya

Autumn, or The Grape Harvest - Francisco Goya - 1786 - 1787

Artwork Information

TitleAutumn, or The Grape Harvest
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1786 - 1787
Dimensions275 x 190 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Autumn, or The Grape Harvest

“Autumn, or The Grape Harvest” is an exquisite artwork by Francisco Goya, rendered masterfully in oil on canvas during 1786 – 1787. As an exemplar of Romanticism, this genre painting measures 275 x 190 cm and currently resides in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

The artwork depicts a bucolic vineyard scene, resplendent with the warm hues and vibrant activity associated with the harvest season. At the center, a woman stands elegantly, balancing a basket brimming with grapes atop her head, as her companions engage harmoniously around her. To her left, a young man, comfortably reclined and clothed in a sumptuous yellow vest and breeches, gazes up at her with an air of leisurely admiration.

At the woman’s feet, a small child reaches up in an attempt to receive or offer grapes. The figures are captured in a moment of genial interaction, highlighted by the woman’s slight smile and the gentle exchange with the child. On the right, a lady with a black dress, likely of higher social standing by her attire, accompanies the scene, further adding to the narrative of social cohesion during the harvest.

In the background, the pastoral landscape continues with additional figures diligently engaged in picking grapes. The rolling hills, soft sky, and distant mountain ranges contribute to an overall sense of tranquility and a connection to nature. The precise brushwork, attention to detail, and dynamic composition bring this scene of daily life with an idyllic touch to vivid life, illustrating Goya’s talent for capturing both the spirit of Romanticism and the essence of human experience.

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