Blind Man’s Buff (1788 – 1789) by Francisco Goya

Blind Man's Buff - Francisco Goya - 1788 - 1789

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TitleBlind Man's Buff
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1788 - 1789
Dimensions350 x 269 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Blind Man's Buff

The artwork “Blind Man’s Buff” by Francisco Goya depicts a playful scene ensconced in the Romanticism movement. Created between 1788 and 1789, this oil on canvas captures the light-hearted essence of a genre painting. The dimensions of this significant piece measure 350 cm by 269 cm, rendering it an immersive work. The painting is housed in the illustrious Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain, where it is displayed for the public to view and appreciate.

The artwork vividly portrays a group of elegantly dressed figures in a verdant outdoor setting, engaged in the game of blind man’s buff. A blindfolded figure, centrally placed, reaches out towards his companions as they teasingly elude his grasp. The sense of movement and festive spirit is palpable as the participants dart and weave around the central figure, their expressions ranging from gleeful enjoyment to focused anticipation. The background unfolds with a serene landscape under a soft sky, creating a contrast between the calm nature and the animated social interaction. Goya’s skillful brushwork and use of color encapsulate a moment of carefree amusement, embodying the ethos of Romanticism’s emphasis on emotion and individual experience.

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