The Milkmaid of Bordeaux is a celebrated oil on canvas painting believed to be one of Francisco Goya’s masterpieces. Made between 1825-27, the painting portrays a milkmaid likely on a mule, viewed at an odd angle shown in shades of blue, which Goya rarely used.
Despite being accepted widely as the work of Francisco Goya, there have been doubts over its authenticity. The painter’s stroke use and abstraction style extend from his later works’ traditions. Still, they also appear to relate metaphorically more closely to those by earlier artists who painted female figures riding donkeys several centuries preceding Goya’s era.
The painting caters to significant critical admiration along with other artworks painted during his declining years in France. Experts continue discussing this artwork’s every nuance and contributing it into our understanding of his artistic legacy.
The Milkmaid is viewed fondly and noted for its unusual depiction due to its unique layout and chromatic harmony as much as for the mysterious questions surrounding both its authorship and meaning.