Francisco de Goya

Children Fighting Over Chestnuts (Niños disputándose unas castañas)

Children Fighting Over Chestnuts (Niños disputándose unas castañas)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1777 - 1785
Private collection
30.5 x 43 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
27 Apr 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

This canvas formed part of a group of oil paintings depicting different children's games, acquired in Spain in 1842 by Sir William Stirling Maxwell.

Análisis artístico

Several children are using their hats to try and catch the chestnuts which a man is throwing out to them from a window. At the same time, other children are playing and fighting, paying little attention to their playmates. One boy, smaller than the others and wearing a yellow dressing gown, is crying as he pulls along a toy wooden cart on a string.

The scene is set outdoors and in front of a background painted using sky blue and pinkish brushstrokes. Overall, the scene is somewhat brighter than those depicted in the other paintings in this same series of children at play. In the background we can see some ruined buildings.

There exists a copy of Children Fighting Over Chestnuts at the Santamarca Foundation, Madrid.

For more information, see Children Playing at Soldier.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Chefs d’oeuvre de la peinture européenne
    Fondation Pierre Gianadda
    from June 23th to November 12th 2006
  • Goya nelle collezioni private di Spagne
    Villa Favorita
    consultant editor Marta Medina. From June 15th to October 15th 1986
  • Goya et la modernité
    Pinacothèque de Paris
    from October 11st 2013 to March 16th 2014
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 90, cat. 156
  • vol. I, p. 266, cat. 194
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    p. 97, cat. 128
  • Alfredo de Paz
    Goya. Arte e condizione umana
    NaplesLiguori editore
    p. 60, il. 41
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