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Winter Scene

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.


c. 1786


Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

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Two groups of working-class travelers, one with a slaughtered pig in tow, converge on an icy road during a snowstorm. Francisco de Goya captured the scene’s wintry atmosphere with barren trees, large swaths of cool grays and whites, and diagonal brushstrokes that convey rapid snowfall. This small painting is one of a series of studies Goya created for monumental tapestries depicting the four seasons, commissioned for a dining hall at the Royal Palace of El Pardo in Spain. The image would have been scaled up to life-size and then manufactured by weavers in Spain’s Royal Tapestry Factory.


On View, Gallery 219


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes


Winter Scene


Spain (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


34.3 × 35.6 cm (13 1/2 × 14 in.)

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Bequest of Verde C. Graff

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