The Picnic (1788) by Francisco Goya

The Picnic - Francisco Goya - 1788

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TitleThe Picnic
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions41 x 26 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationNational Gallery, London, UK

About The Picnic

The artwork titled “The Picnic” is an oil on canvas painting created by the esteemed artist Francisco Goya in the year 1788. This piece is categorized within the art movement known as Romanticism and can be classified as a genre painting, which depicts scenes from everyday life. The artwork’s dimensions are relatively modest, measuring 41 by 26 centimeters. Presently, it resides at the National Gallery, located in London, United Kingdom.

In “The Picnic,” Goya has depicted a social gathering in a natural setting, conveying a sense of leisure and conviviality. At the center, a group of figures is seen enjoying a repast outdoors. The attire of the individuals, including the elaborate dress of the woman and the refined clothes of the men, suggests they belong to a higher social class. A languid atmosphere permeates the scene, with some figures in relaxed postures, such as one reclining on the ground, hinting at an air of casual indulgence. The artist has skillfully balanced the composition with a backdrop of trees and open sky, evoking an intimate connection between the subjects and their environment. The overall depiction represents the Romantic fascination with nature and emotion, as well as an interest in the nuances of social interaction.

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