Seller of dishes, Francisco de Goya – overview of the painting

Seller of dishes, Francisco de Goya – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Francisco de Goya
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1779

Overview of the painting :

Selling dishes – Francisco de Goya. 1779. Oil on canvas. 259 x 220 cm

   The picture is written in an expressive manner characteristic of Goya and is filled with characters. She has a complex multifaceted composition that does not even allow her to immediately catch the main motive of the image.

   The first tossing a large carriage with the Hebrew servants and the coachman. Brightly, even a fancifully dressed page clings to the belts of the carriage with all its might. Inside, you can see a young richly dressed aristocrat peering in the window.

   Despite the fact that the horse is not depicted on the canvas, the artist managed to convey an active, rapid movement – it seems as if the carriage is rapidly flying past the viewer.

   And only distracted from the passing carriage can you consider other characters: the seller of dishes, who laid out his goods on straw, women who choose products that spurred the caballero in an alframe and a powder wig, leaning on the shoulder of the servant in the triangle. It becomes clear that the market is shown to us – a daily everyday scene filled with life.

   Thanks to Goya’s skill, the canvas is filled with light and air, the colors look juicy and at the same time natural. Everything on it seems to live according to its own, internal laws. This is a fragment of time captured for centuries.