Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
1786 - 1787
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
277 x 115 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
14 Dec 2009 / 14 Apr 2021

See The Flower Girls.

Análisis artístico

The tapestry of this work would have hung on the east wall of the room, forming a pair with The Injured Mason.

A woman and her two children stand at a fountain, filling their pitchers with water. Behind them, a bare tree indicates that it is the cold season, and in the background we see a building that appears to be a granary.

The feeling of winter, which this piece shares with other tapestries hanging in this room, is heightened by the use of a cold colour palette, by the presence of bare, stripped landscapes and by the figure of the boy who is shivering and trying to warm his frozen hands inside his jacket.

It was Cruzada Villaamil who gave the work its title of Los pobres, The Poor, although there is nothing in the picture itself to suggest that the characters are poor; quite the opposite, the woman wears shoes with buckles, thus confirming that this is a relatively well-off family.

Nordström points out the similarities between this painting and the group of figures that appears on the left-hand side of the work by Antonio Viladomat Alegoría del invierno (Winter Allegory) (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona), a piece that Goya almost certainly would have seen.

  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
  • Goya. La imagen de la mujer
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    from October 30th 2001 to February 10th 2002. Exhibitied also at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, March 10th to June 2nd 2002, consultant editor Francisco Calvo Serraller
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    Museo Nacional del Prado
  • Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    vol. I, p. 94, cat. 35
  • Valentín de Sambricio
    Tapices de Goya
    MadridPatrimonio Nacional
    pp. 141, 256, cat. 45 y p. 160 (il.)
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 97, cat. 267
  • vol. I, p. 269, cat. 223
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    p. 102, cat. 205
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    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. II, p. 43
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    Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    col. Col. Espasa Arte
    Espasa Calpe
    pp. 144, 147, cat. 49C y p. 145 (il.)
  • NORDSTRÖM, Folke
    Goya, Saturno y melancolía. Consideraciones sobre el arte de Goya
    pp. 66, 70 y p. 67(il.)
  • Janis A. Tomlinson
    Francisco de Goya. Los cartones para tapices y los comienzos de su carrera en la corte de Madrid
    col. Col. Ensayos de Arte Cátedra
    pp. 228, 229 y p. 227 (il.)
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    p. 321, cat. 41 y p. 119 (il.)
  • José Luis Sancho
    Salas del Palacio Real de El Pardo para las que se tejieron tapices sobre cartones de Francisco de Goya: identificación de las habitaciones y ajuste de las obras de Goya en los alzados de las paredes
    in HERRERO CARRETERO, Concha (curator, Tapices y cartones de Goya (catalogue of the exhibition organizated at the Palacio Real de Madrid, from may to june 1996)
    MadridPatrimonio Nacional, Goya 96, Lunwerg
    p. 165 (il.)
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    p. 213
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