Three Men Digging (1819) by Francisco Goya

Three Men Digging - Francisco Goya - 1819

Artwork Information

TitleThree Men Digging
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions20.6 x 14.3 cm
Art MovementRomanticism

About Three Men Digging

The artwork “Three Men Digging” is an exemplar of Romanticism, rendered by the masterful Francisco Goya in 1819. The medium chosen for this piece is wash on paper, showcasing a genre painting within the dimensions of 20.6 x 14.3 cm. The artwork reflects the thematic and stylistic characteristics associated with Romanticism, emphasizing the vigor of human experience and the candid representation of everyday life.

Upon examining the artwork, one observes three figures engaged in laborious activity. The composition captures a moment of intense physical exertion, with the subjects bending and wielding tools to dig into the earth. The central figure is positioned prominently and is markedly elevated in the scene, capturing the viewer’s focus as he raises a pickaxe above his head, poised to strike down. The fluidity of the strokes and the dynamic arrangement of the figures convey a sense of movement and effort. The simplicity of the setting allows for a singular concentration on the figures and their task, while the monochromatic palette enhances the dramatic effect, further embodying the Romantic spirit of portraying the sublime and the real.

Other Artwork from Francisco Goya

More Romanticism Artwork

Scroll to Top