El Lazarillo de Tormes (1819) by Francisco Goya

El Lazarillo de Tormes - Francisco Goya - 1819

Artwork Information

TitleEl Lazarillo de Tormes
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions80 x 65 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About El Lazarillo de Tormes

The artwork entitled “El Lazarillo de Tormes” was painted by the esteemed artist Francisco Goya in the year 1819. Executed in oil on canvas, it measures 80 by 65 centimeters. Representative of the Romanticism movement, the piece is categorized as a portrait and is currently held in a private collection, not available for public viewing.

The painting depicts two figures imbued with a sense of intimacy and emotional depth, characteristic of Romanticism’s focus on expressing the inner experience. The central subjects appear to be engaged in a poignant interaction, as one figure, presumably an adult male, holds the face of a younger individual, perhaps a child, in a gesture that could be interpreted as either caring or controlling. The expressions on the subjects’ faces elicit a strong emotional response, with the child looking up towards the adult, their features wrought with an open-mouthed look that could suggest either surprise or distress. The loose and expressive brushwork along with the use of chiaroscuro enhances the dramatic effect, drawing the viewer into the narrative suggested by their interaction. The dark, muted palette is offset by the bright touches of color on the child’s garment, adding a dynamic visual tension to the composition.

This painting is a sterling example of Goya’s mastery in portraying complex psychological states and social commentaries, which often threaded his work during this period. The exact narrative of “El Lazarillo de Tormes” is left somewhat ambiguous, inviting various interpretations and emphasizing the viewer’s own emotional involvement in search of meaning within the artwork.

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