Boys with grapes and melons, Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Boys with grapes and melons, Bartolome Esteban Murillo
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  • Posted by Bartolome Esteban Murillo
  • Museum: Pinacotka, Munich
  • Year: 1645-1646

Overview of the painting :

Boys with grapes and melons – Bartolome Esteban Murillo. 1645-1646. Oil on canvas. 146 x 104 cm

   A bright representative of the Baroque era, in his genre paintings, this great Spanish artist appears from a completely different point of view. In these canvases with simple everyday stories, the ultimate realism of the image and some kind of liveliness, not characteristic of its classical works on religious subjects, appear.

   The picture depicts two street boys from the lowest classes of society, small ragged, who, nevertheless, enjoy every moment of their difficult and complex lives. It is not clear where they got a whole basket of grapes and a large golden melon, but they will bite off a simple treat with an excellent appetite. The boys have very simple and rude torn clothes, they are barefoot and dirty, but from the whole canvas they are so cheerful in their youth that the aroma of melon and the sweet taste of ripe grapes are simply literally felt.

   The artist’s genre paintings make us feel his skill in depicting simple scenes that have nothing to do with the classic “staged” stories of paintings on religious biblical themes. There are no pale and spiritualized faces of suffering saints and martyrs, only tanned peasant boys who sat down at someone else’s fence to feast on than God sent.