Zhmurki - Francisco Goya. 269x215; 350 cm
In 1774, Goya began working at the royal tapestry factory - the painter paints cardboard, which acts as a sketch for the future tapestry. The painting "Zhmurki" refers specifically to this series of works written on cardboard.
At first, the young artist was entrusted with only sketches of hunting or fishing scenes, but with the approval of King Goya began to create stories from the everyday life of the Spaniards. Today, it may surprise someone that once an artist chose the plot of a game for a new sketch, but the contemporaries of the master loved this fun very much, finding it fun and entertaining.
As we see in the picture, the aristocrats were not shy about this pastime either - all participants in the dancing circle are dressed in expensive clothes, which indicates their high origin.
The tapestry, designed by Goya, was designed to decorate the bedroom of the Infante in the palace of El Prado, and his artistic solution indicates the rococo style that was popular at that time.
Goya devoted 18 of his life to the manufactory and during this time he created more than 60 paintings for tapestries. Some of these wonderful tapestries have been preserved and are now in the castle of Escorial near Madrid, and the painted cardboards have found their deserved place in the Prado Museum.