The Swing. Page 21 from the Madrid Album

Series/Portfolio: Madrid Album (B), no. 21

Artist: Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux)

Date: 1796–97

Medium: Brush, indian ink, and gray wash on laid Netherlandish paper

Dimensions: 9-5/16 x 5-3/4 in. (23.7 x 14.61cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935

Accession Number: 35.103.2


A subject favored by artists of the Rococo school (notably Fragonard), the playful motion of a young woman on a swing suggests the drama of amorous courtship. Goya depicted such a swing in a tapestry design for the palace of the crown prince and princess in Madrid and in a painting for the country house of the duke and duchess of Osuna. His delicate drawing emphasizes the fickle nature of the smiling girl, who seems to have some other suitor on her mind.