The Swing (1787) by Francisco Goya

The Swing - Francisco Goya - 1796 - 1797

Artwork Information

TitleThe Swing
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1796 - 1797
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions169 x 100 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, US

About The Swing

The artwork titled “The Swing” was created by the illustrious artist Francisco Goya between 1796 and 1797. Employing oil on canvas as his medium, Goya delved into the Romanticism movement to produce this genre painting. The artwork measures 169 by 100 centimeters and is currently housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY, US.

“The Swing” is an exemplification of Goya’s adept use of soft brushstrokes and his attention to dynamic movement and expression. It depicts a moment of leisurely playfulness and candid joy. The central figure, a woman on a swing, is caught mid-swing with her skirt billowing around her, conveying a sense of motion and carefree abandon. A man, who seems to be propelling the swing, attentively stands to her front, actively engaged in the scene. The background is roughly sketched, suggesting a casual, almost impromptu representation of the setting, which allows the viewer’s focus to remain on the interaction between the figures.

Despite the sketchy nature and monochromatic palette typically not seen in Goya’s oil paintings, the sense of life and immediacy is palpable, capturing the essence of the Romantic movement’s emphasis on emotional exuberance and the beauty of spontaneous, unguarded moments in everyday life.

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