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Bartolome Murillo was considered the best master in Spain during the 17th century. His paintings were very popular. Once he was even invited to become the main artist in the Seville Monastery.
Murillo depicted on his canvases, both religious scenes and ordinary everyday ones. But most of all he loved to draw children. These were paintings depicting an ordinary everyday scene in which one or even two children were present. It happened that the master and three children at once. Especially popular is his painting "Boy with a Dog."
The artist did not seek to idealize his characters. He painted them for who they are. The boy is depicted in the picture in his peasant robes. A simple poor kind. He has a lean face down. It can be seen that the child does not eat well, but this does not affect his cheerfulness. Or vice versa - his situation is worse than ever, but the dog manages to amuse the child.
In the boy’s hand is a basket with pots in it. Apparently, he was going to take them somewhere, but the dog detained the young man. And he decided to stop to play a little with her.
The dog has no breed, and most likely it is just a homeless dog that accidentally wandered into the room. Although the blurry background does not give an accurate idea of where the boy is. Maybe this is a warehouse, or maybe it’s just located on a street where gloomy weather prevails.
The child’s face is made in the best traditions of the artist. He displayed a slight reddening of the eyes in the child, which is characteristic of either chronic fatigue or morbidity. However, this does not harm the attractiveness of the child. Brightly executed elements of his clothes are immediately evident so that you do not immediately notice the second character of the picture - a dog.
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