Fruit Girl, Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Fruit Girl, Bartolome Esteban Murillo
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  • Posted by Bartolome Esteban Murillo
  • Museum: Museum of Fine Arts. Pushkin
  • Year: 1650-1659

Overview of the painting :

Fruit Girl – Bartolome Esteban Murillo. 1650-1659. Oil on canvas. 76 x 61 cm

   The artist’s small genre paintings on the other hand reveal his multifaceted talent. On them you will not find richly dressed Spanish giants, nor spiritualized and sublime images of biblical characters or Christian saints. On these canvases, all attention is paid to ordinary people from the people – poor urban and rural residents. Very often, a painter draws children, boys who run through the streets in lacerations, or such young workers as a girl depicted on a canvas, still a child.

   It has very simple, clearly pre-wet and painted artisanal clothes, but clean and neat. She is not used to such close attention and shamefully covers her face with the corner of her headscarf. The girl has a simple linen shirt without decorations and embroidery, a dark corsage and a lush skirt of terracotta color, lying in beautiful large folds. This is a typical Spanish “from the people” – dark-eyed and dark-haired, with large expressive, but not sophisticated, not aristocratic facial features. In her hands is a basket of fresh fruit that she brought to the bazaar to sell, helping her family get out of poverty.

   In the picture, the love and sympathy with which the artist treated ordinary people of their people, especially children, is clearly felt. On the canvas, every smear literally breathes love and a longing desire to delay at least for a moment such a rapidly departing youth and carelessness.