Two Old Women Eating from a Bowl (1821-1823) by Francisco Goya

Two Old Women Eating from a Bowl - Francisco Goya - 1821-1823

Artwork Information

TitleTwo Old Women Eating from a Bowl
ArtistFrancisco Goya
MediumOil on plaster remounted on Canvas
Dimensions21 x 33 1/2 in.
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid
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About Two Old Women Eating from a Bowl

Francisco Goya’s painting, “Two Old Women Eating From A Bowl,” depicts two women sitting together on a low bench and eating from a bowl. The women seem to be in deep concentration as they focus on their meal, which is likely one of the only sources of sustenance they have. This oil painting can be found at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

Painted between 1821-1823, this piece is part of a series of murals that Goya painted on the walls of his home towards the end of his life. The artist’s later years were marked by illness and political turmoil in Spain, which could explain why he chose to depict such a seemingly mundane scene.

This painting conveys Goya’s knack for capturing profound humanity in everyday life situations. It serves as a reminder that hunger pervades all classes and brings into sharp focus how delicate our existence can become if we do not care for those who age out or become vulnerable due to poverty or political unrest.

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