Gumurki, Francisco Goya, 1789 – overview of the painting
- Posted by Francisco de Goya
- Museum: Prado Museum
- Year: 1789
Overview of the painting :
Gummurki – Francisco Goya. 1789. Oil on canvas. 269×215; 350 cm
In 1774, Goya began working on the royal manufactory of tapestries – the painter paints cardboard, which acts as a sketch for the future tapestry. The painting “Tranks” refers specifically to this series of works written on cardboard.
At first, the young artist was entrusted only with sketches of hunting or fishing scenes, but with the approval of King Goya, he began to create stories from the daily life of the Spaniards. Today, someone may be surprised that once the artist chose the plot of the game for a new sketch, but the contemporary masters loved this fun very much, finding it fun and entertaining.
As we see in the picture, this pastime and aristocrats were not shy – all participants in the dancing circle are dressed in expensive clothes, which indicates their high origin.
Goya’s sketch was designed to decorate the bedroom of infants in the El Prado Palace, and his artistic solution points to the then popular Rococo style.
Goya devoted 18 of his life to the manufactory and during this time created more than 60 paintings for tapestries. Some of these wonderful tapestries have survived and are now located in Escorial Castle near Madrid, while painted cardboards have found their well-deserved place in the Prado Museum.