Umbrella, Francisco de Goya – description of the painting

Description of the picture:

Umbrella – Francisco de Goya. 1777. 100 four x 100 50 two cm

   This canvas was created in the so-called era of tapestries – a time when Goya painted more than sixty patterns for the execution of carpets. They are all distinguished by breathtaking colorfulness and cheerfulness, filled with warm sunlight. The painting “Umbrella” is an example of an unclouded, abstract bright happiness.

   It is intended for the 2nd series of tapestries, intended for the decoration of the dining room of the Prado Palace. The picture shows two – a young man covering a beautiful young lady from the sun with a huge painted Chinese umbrella. A composition with 2 main diagonals – an umbrella and a leaning narrow tree – makes a suitable movement effect in a rather static scene. These crossed diagonals are professionally emphasized by other elements of the composition – the movement of a lady’s hand with a fan, the direction of the wall in the background, the elbow of the gentleman, even the direction of the lush folds of the skirt.

   The color palette of the canvas is very colorful and cheerful. A catchy blush plays on the faces of the characters, which immediately evokes associations with the paintings of Fragonard. This multicolor and juiciness of color distinguishes the entire series of paintings for tapestries against the background of the late paintings of Goya – black, gloomy, depressing and strange.

   In Umbrella, everything underlines the satisfaction of youth: a beautiful colored outfit of a couple, a landscape in the background, a colorful blue sky, lush greenery, a dressed-up umbrella, a small dog curled up on a lady’s lap."