Francisco Goya: The Swing

The Swing: Francisco Goya

The Swing is a 1779 painting by Spanish Rococo artist Francisco Goya. It is located in the El Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

Analysis of Goya’s The Swing

This painting is in the tradition of the fête galante, or a country scene of leisure. The woman on the swing is surrounded by four children and two women, perhaps nurses to the children as their less lavish dress would suggest.

The event of the painting appears to be a visit to the countryside by the aristocratic family but the woman whose back we see seems to answer the gazes of the shepherds in the background left. This would suggest also a portrayal of an amorous assignation in a place free from social restraint.

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