"Mahi on the balcony, Francisco Goya
Description of the picture:
Mahi on the balcony – Francisco Goya. 1805-1812. Canvas, oil. 194.9×125.7
To view Mahi, girls from the very midst of life, an ordinary Spanish woman, Francisco Goya (1746-1828), in whose painting realism and the tart taste of his fantasies were combined, turned around more than once. In this picture, the painter depicted 2 young beauties in state suits – the mahs wore them in contrast to the French fashion accepted in the upper layers of Spanish society – and two mahoes, their gentlemen.
Women’s outfits are painted in snow-white, gold and pearl-gray colors, faces are given in warm colors, and this narrow, iridescent painting looks even more attractive on a black background. The virgins sitting on the balcony, reminiscent of birds in a cage, are the plot usual for a contemporary artist of Spanish life. But in his interpretation, Goya brought an alarming note, depicting in the background dressed in black guys who put caps over their eyes and wrap themselves in cloaks. These figures are painted almost in silhouette, they connect with the dusk surrounding them and are perceived as shadows guarding a lovely youth. And the mahs seem to be in a komplot with their guards – these seductresses smile very conspiratorially, as if luring those whom their beauty will entice into the darkness that swirls behind them. This painting, still drunk with light, already predicts the full tragedy of the later work of Goya."