Francisco Goya’s “Vintage” was written in 1786. Currently, the work adorns the Prado National Museum in Madrid. The dimensions of the canvas are as much as 267.5 by 190.5 cm. According to the style, the work can be attributed to rococo, classicism, realism.
The canvas depicts a young woman in a yellowish dress, surrounded by other people, namely a child, another woman and a man sitting in an important pose. On her head, a woman holds a full wicker basket with dark grapes, and in her hands is a large bunch, to which her hands and everyone else stretch. In the background you can see a bluish-green hillside and white clouds, in the front – the grass is greener.
The picture is painted in unusually gentle, pastel colors, the lines are smooth, and large strokes seem to flow into one another. The figures appear before us in festive clothes and shoes of light colors. Festive clothing emphasizes the fact that the harvest is a holiday, not a work, and the characters are happy picking grapes and living in the mountains, enjoying nature.
The face of the main character is unusually gentle, her cheeks are slightly pinkish, apparently from fresh air and prolonged physical labor. Pink color and a handkerchief on her head, shading soft girl’s fair skin.
It is absolutely impossible to look at Goya’s canvases without emotion, such force comes from his works, with such skill he presents seemingly simple, ordinary, uninteresting activities. Catching the gaze of a grape picker, dreamy and calm, you fill with inspiration and joy, it is impossible to break away from it. Immediately you want to feel the sweet taste of grapes and be somewhere there, next to her, at the foot of the mountains.
Curiously, the picture “The harvest of grapes” is mentioned more than once in the classical literature, namely, in the Gorsworthy Forsyte Saga.