Spain’s Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes was a very famous painter and printmaker of the 18th century. His enormous popularity stems from his European-style paintings that evoke appreciation for European kings and queens. Painted in 1777, Goya’s "The Parasol" or "Quitasol" is his most successful painting. Most of his paintings were centered around women, including this one. Goya created the “Parasol” when Prince Asturias and Princess brought him a cartoon about a restaurant tapestry from the Royal Palace of El Faldo in Madrid to Madrid. Copies of the "sunshade" are woven from wool hanging in the palace.
The 104cm x 152cm linen painting oil is known for its brilliant color composition and brightness. "The Parasol" or "The Quitasol" depicts a pretty young woman sitting on a hill with a fan folded in her right hand. Dressed in French style at the time, she is wearing a blue blouse lined with her fur and a bright yellow skirt with a dark brown shawl. A red scarf adorns her head. On her lap lies a small black and white puppy. Her next to her is a young man dressed in Majo or Maja style. He is wearing a bright red waistcoat and brown coat. He has a bright green 'parasol'(umbrella) just above the woman’s face. Fold the man’s left arm so that it touches the waist. Folded fan & # 39; parasol & # 39; and puppy, the woman follows French fashion, belongs to her royal family and creates an air of her vanity for her. In the background, the two figures and the leafy branches of tall trees bent in opposite directions indicate windy weather. To the right of the damsel is a high wall. So, Goya deliberately places all the bright colors-green, blue, red and yellow in the center of the picture, creating a cheerful effect that exactly suits the needs of the royal family. The protagonist’s hilarious smile, along with her direct gaze, adds to the vividness of the picture and gives it a classic feel.
Francisco’s photography has always been appreciated for its light and shadow effects. Creating light on his canvas was great and this helped capture the warm and cozy environment in his paintings. Even in "The Parasol" or "The Quitasol", he used white paint to create brightness and shadow lines. The elegance and beauty of these paintings in 'classicism' always flocked to visitors to appreciate the paintings at Madrid’s Museo del Prado, where they are always on display.