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
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About The Swing

The Swing, created in 1787 by Francisco Goya, is a Rococo painting that resides in the El Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. The piece is classified as a fĂȘte galante, showcasing a scene of leisure in the countryside. The landscape included by Goya was located near the Duchess and Duke’s property of “El Capricho.” In this painting, a young woman sits on an improvised swing tied to two trees.

Goya employed his artistic respectability as an opportunity to criticize societal norms subtly. Despite being known for his formal portraits of Spain’s court and their wealth and power, his hidden critiques are also present in such works, including The Swing. The Swing also embodies Romanticism style.

The Swing has garnered tremendous accolades over time and is regarded as one of the most appealing portraits ever painted of children depicted through Rococo culture. Goya himself is considered one of Spain’s prominent artists from the late 18th century to early 19th century because of his vital contributions.

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