The Quail Shoot (1775) by Francisco Goya

The Quail Shoot - Francisco Goya - 1775

Artwork Information

TitleThe Quail Shoot
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions290 x 226 cm
Art MovementRomanticism

About The Quail Shoot

The artwork titled “The Quail Shoot” is a creation of the artist Francisco Goya, completed in the year 1775. Employing oil on canvas as its medium, the work is sizable, with dimensions of 290 by 226 centimeters. As part of the Romanticism art movement, this genre painting depicts a scene of everyday life with a focus on a particular activity.

In the artwork, a dynamic outdoor scene is presented, capturing the energy and movement of a hunting event. Set against a softened landscape that recedes into the background, the painting is rich in narrative detail. In the foreground, a well-dressed hunter takes aim at the sky, his posture indicating movement and focus. He is accompanied by a pointing dog in an alert stance, enhancing the sense of immediacy in the hunt. Scattered across the canvas are other figures, including riders on horseback and individuals on foot, participating in the collective endeavor. The composition is balanced by the presence of lush trees, while a lone bird is seen in flight above, further emphasizing the theme of the hunt. The interaction between humans, animals, and their environment is depicted with intricate detail and vivid color, reflective of Goya’s mastery and the aesthetic principles of Romanticism—imbuing the ordinary with emotion and drama.

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