Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682): Boys Eating Grapes

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682): Boys Eating Grapes

1/15/2021, 8:28:53 AM
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682): Boys Eating Grapes and Melon, c. 1645/46, oil on canvas, 145.9 × 103.6 cm (57.4 × 40.8 in), Alte Pinakothek, Munich Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was a Spanish Baroque painter. Although he is best known for his religious works, Murillo also produced a considerable number of paintings of contemporary women and children. These lively, realist portraits of flower girls, street urchins, and beggars constitute an extensive and appealing record of the everyday life of his times. Murillo's genre paintings are innocent and even incongruously poetic, given the impoverished condition of the subjects - usually young boys and girls wearing tattered, old clothing. For the most part, the composition follows a pattern: two or three figures are involved in an idle pastime, such as playing games or eating bread, fruit, or sweet confections. In the background there are vaguely defined ruins and one or two notional landscape motifs, all bathed in soft light and enveloped in hazy clouds. A journey to Madrid in about 1643 enabled Murillo to study the Venetian and Flemish paintings forming part of the royal collections. Otherwise, he remained permanently in Seville, his native city, and his life was a simple one, free of serious problems. By 1645 his style had hardened in its final mold, as may be seen in the paintings executed about this time for the Franciscans, with the first of those figures of rascals and beggars in which he was to specialize. This is the spirit, for example, of the Boys Eating Melon which is a study in yellowish ochers and browns. #EstebanMurillo #Murillo #Paintings #Painters #Arthistory #historyofart #pittura #oiloncanvas #pintura #peinture #dibujos #kunst #Malerei #oilpainting #Bartolom éEstebanMurillo #genrepainting #baroque #dibujo #disegno #spanishart #quadro #Sevilla #AltePinakothek #munich

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