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“Four figures on a step”, Murillo - description of the painting

“Four figures on a step”, Murillo - description of the painting

Four figures on the step - Bartolome Esteban Murillo. 110 x 143 cm

In addition to biblical motifs, Bartolome Esteban Murillo has many genre works. Such scenes from the artist always turned out to be lively, emotionally saturated, causing a smile.

"Four figures on a step" reveals several images of heroes. In the picture we see a rich Spanish family. An elderly mother gives the impression of a strict, respectable, but kind woman. She is restrained, modest, but neatly dressed. Round glasses in a black frame give the appearance of solidity. At the same time, we can conclude that a woman spent all her life doing needlework, which spoiled her eyesight. She is hardworking, nothing in life came to her in vain, which cannot be said about her children.

Behind everyone is the eldest daughter of the heroine. She is cheerful, but trying to seem serious, even angry, making a grimaced grimace that cannot be fooled by the viewer. She is wearing the same white scarf as her mother, a symbol of female modesty and spiritual purity. But for a young girl, he is only a formality. She casually lifts this wardrobe item. Judging by her face, she has a strong-willed character. Despite the cheerful disposition, the heroine knows where the boundary of pampering and serious actions are. Therefore, holding the brother of a mischief with a firm hand.

In the foreground we see a teenage boy. He is dressed very freely for the growing youth of that time. Behaves as well. The boy has an open smile and a sly squint in his eyes, as if he was laughing at someone or conceived another mischief.

The first plan is shared by a little tomboy. This is either a poor child, who was warmed by an old woman on her lap, or a boy from their family. But in the process of childish games, he tore his clothes in the most interesting place, which will amuse, make the rest of the heroes laugh.

All characters of the canvas, except the baby, are turned to face the viewer. Everyone expresses keen interest and genuine emotions. It is as if what attracted them so much is in the gallery, where the contemplator of the painting stands. Here you can draw analogies with another genre picture of the author - “Two women in a window”. There, the heroines are also interested in what is happening outside the canvas. These paintings leave pleasant emotions after viewing.


Watch the video: Curators Introduction. Murillo: The Self Portraits. National Gallery (December 2021).