The Little Pauper, Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Description of the picture:

A small beggar – Bartolome Esteban Murillo. Around 1650. Oil on canvas. 134×100

   Bartolome Esteban Murillo painted paintings of religious content, as well as genre works, the heroes of which were poor commoners.

   The painter loved to portray street boys in their daily exercises. Some of them are captured in the picture. “Little beggar”. The life of this baby, like many of his peers who find themselves in similar circumstances, is not rich in satisfied events and does not pamper him. All her “generous gifts” simply fit into the composition of the work: insignificant rags, a wicker straw bag with several apples, a little shrimp lying directly on the floor, an earthenware jug and a black corner, in which the beggar boy sits surrounded by his own household.

   The painting entered the Louvre in 1858."