Umbrella, Francisco de Goya – overview of the painting

Umbrella, Francisco de Goya – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Francisco de Goya
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1777

Overview of the painting :

Umbrella – Francisco de Goya. 1777. 104 x 152 cm

   This canvas was created in the so-called era of tapestries – a time when Goya wrote more than 60 samples for making carpets. All of them are distinguished by amazing beauty and cheerfulness, filled with warm sunlight. The painting “Zontik” is an example of an unshakable, abstract cloudless happiness.

   It was created for the second series of tapestries, intended for decoration of the dining room of the Prado Palace. The picture depicts two – a young man covering a beautiful young lady from the sun with a large painted Chinese umbrella. A composition with two main diagonals – an umbrella and a inclined thin tree – creates the desired motion effect in a rather static scene. These cross-diagonals are masterfully emphasized by other elements of the composition – the movement of the lady’s hand with a fan, the direction of the wall in the background, the lock of the gentleman, even the direction of the magnificent folds of the skirt.

   The color scheme of the canvas is very bright and cheerful. A bright blush plays on the faces of the characters, which immediately evokes the memory of the association with the paintings of Fragonar. This multi-color and juiciness of the flavor sets aside the entire series of paintings for tapestries against the background of Goya’s later paintings – dark, gloomy, depressive and strange.

   In the “Zontika” everyone emphasizes the joy of youth: a beautiful colored outfit of the pair, a landscape in the background, a bright blue sky, a juicy greens, an elegant umbrella, a small dog curled up with a tangle on the lady’s lap.