Brigand Stripping a Woman (1798 – 1800) by Francisco Goya

Brigand Stripping a Woman - Francisco Goya - 1798 - 1800

Artwork Information

TitleBrigand Stripping a Woman
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1798 - 1800
Dimensions41.5 x 31.8 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Brigand Stripping a Woman

The artwork “Brigand Stripping a Woman” was created by the illustrious Spanish artist Francisco Goya between 1798 and 1800. This oil on canvas painting is a notable piece from the Romanticism period, and it measures 41.5 cm by 31.8 cm. As a genre painting, it depicts a scene of everyday life, albeit one that conveys a moment of tension and vulnerability. Currently, this work resides within a private collection.

In the artwork, Goya vividly portrays the grim reality of a woman being stripped by a brigand. The setting is shadowy and somber, with a majority of the scene engulfed in darkness, highlighting the sinister nature of the event. To the left, the culprit appears partially hidden within the gloom, his intentions clear through his body language as he reaches toward the woman. The central figure is the woman herself, her form illuminated and presented with a mixture of grace and distress, her face turned away from the viewer in an expression of shame or resignation. The stark contrast between light and dark, as well as the emotional intensity depicted, is characteristic of Goya’s skillful use of chiaroscuro to enhance the dramatic effect. Additionally, the presence of onlookers adds a further layer of complexity, suggesting indifference or helplessness in the unfolding drama.

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