The Snowstorm (Winter) (1786 – 1787) by Francisco Goya

The Snowstorm (Winter) - Francisco Goya - 1786 - 1787

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TitleThe Snowstorm (Winter)
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1786 - 1787
Dimensions275 x 293 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About The Snowstorm (Winter)

“The Snowstorm (Winter)” is an evocative artwork by Francisco Goya, completed between 1786 and 1787. This oil on canvas is an embodiment of the Romanticism art movement, with dimensions measuring 275 x 293 cm. The painting falls under the genre painting category and is currently housed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

The artwork depicts a rural winter scene where a group of figures can be observed braving the elements. Bundled in protective clothing, they appear to struggle against a fierce snowstorm. In the foreground, to the left, there is a figure bent over, clutching a staff, leading a dog who shares a pose of endurance against the biting cold. Central in the composition, three figures huddle closely together, one of whom is seated on the back of a donkey, underlining the weary journey they undertake. Their faces are partially obscured by the cloaks they are wearing, which highlights the severity of the weather they encounter. To the right, another figure wrapped in a blanket rides the donkey, reinforcing the sense of movement through the landscape. A barren tree bends under the force of the wind, its bare branches further emphasizing the harshness of the winter setting.

The color palette is subdued, with cool tones of white and blue dominating the scene, allowing the viewer to almost feel the chill of the depicted environment. Goya’s brushwork conveys the sweeping gusts of snow and the bleakness of the terrain, while the use of light creates a dramatic atmosphere, showcasing his mastery in capturing the essence of Romanticism with its focus on nature’s power and emotional intensity.

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