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Autumn

Francisco de Goya

Spanish, 1746–1828

Autumn

1786

In 1786, Goya was commissioned to design tapestries to decorate the dining room in Madrid’s El Pardo palace. The king specifically requested “pleasant, light-hearted subjects,” and this painting, a sketch for one of the tapestries, was presented for his approval. A child reaches for a bunch of grapes that a young man in a stylish yellow suit offers to a lady dressed in black. Behind them, a servant balances a basket of grapes on her head—she personifies Autumn, the season of plentiful harvests.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 13 3/8 x 9 9/16 in. (34 x 24.3 cm) Frame: 16 1/4 x 12 1/4 in. (41.3 x 31.1 cm)
Object Number 1955.749
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1939
Status On View

Image Caption

Francisco de Goya, Autumn, 1786, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.749.

Bibliography

Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012. Tinterow, Gary and Geneviève Lacambre. Manet/Valázquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting. Exhibition catalogue. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2003.

Provenance

The artist, sold to Alcántara, 1798; Pedro and María Josefa de Alcántara, 9th Duke and Duchess of Osuna, La Alameda, Madrid (from 1798); Baron Charles-Jean-Marie Alquier, Madrid and Versailles (probably by 1800; d. 1826); Baron [René?] Alquier, Nantes, by descent (from 1826); Alquier family, Nantes, by descent, sold to Knoedler, probably in 1939; [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 1 Mar. 1939]; Robert Sterling Clark (1939–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

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