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Boys with Grapes and Melon, Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Boys with Grapes and Melon, Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Boys with grapes and melon - Bartolome Esteban Murillo. 146 x 104 cm

A striking representative of the Baroque era, in his genre paintings this great Spanish artist appears from a completely different point of view. In these canvases with simple everyday plots, the ultimate realism of the image and a certain vivacity that is not characteristic of his classical works on religious themes appear.

The painting depicts two street boys from the lowest classes of society, little rags who, nevertheless, enjoy every moment of their difficult and complex life. It is unclear where they got a whole basket of grapes and a large golden melon, but they eat up a simple treat with excellent appetite. The boys have very simple and rough ragged clothes, they are barefoot and dirty, but from the whole canvas it blows with such cheerfulness of youth that you can literally feel the aroma of melon and the sweet taste of ripe grapes.

The artist’s genre paintings allow us to feel his skill in depicting simple scenes that have nothing to do with the classic “staged” scenes of religious biblical paintings. There are no pale and spiritual faces of the suffering saints and martyrs, only tanned peasant boys who sat on a hot afternoon under someone’s fence to feast on what God had sent.


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