Boy with a dog, Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Boy with a dog, Bartolome Esteban Murillo
Boy with a dog, Bartolome Esteban Murillo - 1

  • Posted by Bartolome Esteban Murillo
  • Museum: Hermitage
  • Year: Between 1655-1660

Overview of the painting :

The boy with the dog is Bartolome Esteban Murillo. Between 1655-1660. Oil on canvas. 70×60

   Bartolome Murillo, a prominent master of the Spanish school of the XVII century, was very successful among contemporaries and was even proclaimed the chapel of the Seville Cathedral as the best painter in the city. The artist wrote religious and small everyday scenes, but especially loved to portray children. Sometimes he wrote them in groups or in two, and sometimes alone, as in the picture “Boy with a Dog.”.

   The artist does not idealize his characters, with all the charm of the boy, his cheerful face is simply popular, and the costume is simple and poor. The child has pronounced national features, manifested in poses, movements, gestures. The look of his rotten eyes, expression of face and habits breathe life.

   Murillo proved himself to be a wonderful colorist: a combination of blue sky and a soft yellow tone of a boy’s vest, dark deep chicken color and cold, slightly mother-of-pearl skin tones create an exquisite color scheme.

   Unlike the works of many of his colleagues, the work of a painter was greatly appreciated. I especially liked his genre scenes, which are now stored in many museums around the world.