The Hawthorn Seller by Francisco Goya

The Hawthorn Seller - Francisco Goya -

Artwork Information

TitleThe Hawthorn Seller
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Art MovementRococo,Romanticism

About The Hawthorn Seller

“The Hawthorn Seller” is an artwork attributed to Francisco Goya, an artist renowned for his contributions to both the Rococo and Romanticism art movements. This genre painting captures a quotidian moment, portraying a scene from everyday life with a deep sense of narrative.

The artwork presents a dynamic social interaction taking place under what appears to be the soft light of early morning or late afternoon. The scene is dominated by a group of figures engaged in the act of transaction and conversation. In the foreground, a woman holding a child in her arms occupies the central focus, turned towards a hawthorn seller who is partially hidden in the shadow of the structure, suggesting a marketplace setting. The woman’s brightly colored attire, particularly her blue jacket and peach skirt, draws the viewer’s attention, while the child seems to be reaching out, intrigued perhaps by the hawthorns or the interaction itself.

To the woman’s left, a man in a brown cloak watches the exchange closely, his interest in the scene evident by his proximity and engaged posture. A dog sits patiently at the right corner of the scene, adding to the naturalistic depiction of daily life. The background features another group of people, likely other shoppers or sellers, establishing a social and communal atmosphere. The slender hawthorn tree rising high into the sky provides a vertical balance to the composition, guiding the viewer’s eye through the interplay of light and shadow that characterizes the entire piece. The artist has masterfully depicted the textures of the clothing and the playfulness of light, imbuing the scene with a sense of immediacy and realism typical of genre paintings.

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