Fruit Shop Girl by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Fruit Shop Girl by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

The artist’s small genre paintings on the other hand reveal his many-sided talent. On them you will not find any richly dressed Spanish grandees, nor inspired and sublime images of biblical characters or Christian saints. On these canvases, all attention is paid to ordinary people from the people – poor urban and rural residents.

Very often, the painter paints children, boys who run around in tattered rags, or such young workers as the girl depicted on the canvas is a child. It is very simple, obviously homespun and colored handicraft clothes, but clean and neat. She is not accustomed to such

close attention and bashfully covers her face with a corner of her headscarf.

The girl has a simple linen shirt without ornaments and embroidery, a dark corsage and a terracotta-colored skirt, lying in beautiful large folds. This is a typical Spanish “of the people” – dark-eyed and dark-haired, with large expressive, but not refined, not aristocratic features. In her hands is a basket of fresh fruit, which she brought to the market to sell, helping her family to get out of poverty.

The picture clearly feels the love and sympathy with which the artist treated the simple people of their people, especially the children. On the canvas, each stroke literally breathes love and a passionate desire to delay even for a moment so quickly leaving youth and unconcern.

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