The Swing (1779) by Francisco Goya

The Swing - Francisco Goya - 1779

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TitleThe Swing
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions260 x 165 cm
Art MovementRomanticism

About The Swing

The artwork “The Swing” is a quintessential example of Francisco Goya’s work from the Romantic period, completed in the year 1779. The medium of this genre painting is oil on canvas, and it measures 260 x 165 cm. The painting is emblematic of the Romanticism movement, which is characterized by an emphasis on emotion, individualism, and the glorification of the past and nature.

In the artwork, a group of figures is depicted in a lush, verdant landscape. The central focus is a woman seated on a swing hanging from a tree, her gown billowing and her feet lifted off the ground, indicating movement. She is highlighted by her brightly colored attire, notably contrasting against the greenery of the setting. Surrounding her are several individuals who partake in or observe this leisurely activity. To the left, two figures appear to push the swing, while to the right, a group of onlookers includes children of various ages, one of whom grasps the swing’s rope. In the background, the silhouette of a man on a horse can be discerned, adding depth to the scene. Notably, a dog also occupies the foreground, contributing to the pastoral theme. The artwork radiates an air of carefree enjoyment and captures a moment of playful interaction amongst the figures set within a bucolic environment, all rendered with a palpable sense of naturalism typical of genre painting.

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