Václav Brožík is today famous mostly for his monumental canvases featuring scenes from Czech history. However, portraits, genre paintings, and landscape paintings form the essential part of his oeuvre. Brožík drew inspiration for the village landscape mostly during his stays in France where he lived from 1876. In this sense, the art of French painters Jean-Francois Millet and Jules Breton had the greatest impact on him. In 1891, Brožík displayed his Goose Girl at the General Land Centennial Exhibition in Prague. Emperor Franz Joseph I bought the painting and immediately afterwards donated it to the Picture Gallery of the Society of Patriotic Friends of Arts, the forerunner of the National Gallery in Prague.