Francisco de Goya

Self-Portrait (Autorretrato)

Clasificación
Self-Portrait (Autorretrato)
Datos Generales
Cronología
1782 - 1783
Ubicación
Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Agen, Agen, France
Dimensiones
83 x 54 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
Musée des Beaux-arts d' Agen
Ficha: realización/revisión
09 Jan 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Inventario
(274 ch)
Inscripciones

1783 (in lower left-hand corner). Possibly apocryphal.

Historia

This work might correspond with a self-portrait that appears in the inventory, made by Brugada in 1828, of the paintings found in the Quinta del Sordo after Goya's death.

It belonged to the painter Federico de Madrazo, who bequeathed it to Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, who kept it at his palace in Venice. It later belonged to the Count of Chaudordy, who in 1901 bequeathed it to the Museum of Agen, where it is exhibited today.

Análisis artístico

In this slightly more than half-length self-portrait, Goya appears before a canvas, holding a brush in his right hand, ready to paint. He is staring out at the viewer with a look of intense concentration on his face. Behind him is a flat, neutral background. The only other element we can see in the composition is the edge of the canvas. Goya's body is solid and heavily-built, his face fleshy and voluminous and his full head of hair pulled back in a pony tail.

He is wearing a dark jacket, which blends into the background, and a white shirt which, apart from his face, is the only strongly lit element in the painting. This is the same face as the self-portrait in Sermon of Saint Bernardine of Siena.

According to Gudiol, this self-portrait should be considered in terms of the genre as a transitional work between the neoclassical style and the Romanticism of the 19th century.

Exposiciones
  • Peintures de Goya des collections de France
    Musée de l’Orangerie
    París
    1938
  • Goya
    Ministry of Foreing Affairs
    Burdeos
    1951
    organized by the Bordeaux City Hall, consultant editor Gilberte Martin-Méry. From May 16th to June 30th 1951
  • De Tiépolo à Goya
    Galerie des Beaux-Arts
    Burdeos
    1956
    consultant editor Gilberte Martin-Méry. From May 7th to July 31st 1956
  • Goya
    Koninklijke Musea Voor Schone Kunsten Van België
    Brussels
    1985
    consultant editor Luis González Seara. From October 26th to December 22nd 1985
Bibliografía
  • Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    París
    1928-1950
    t. I, p. 53, nº 1 y p. 147, cat. 434
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    p. 93, cat. 201
  • Jeannine (comisaria) Baticle and A. B. (comisario) Vries
    Goya
    ParísMinistère d’Etat-Affaires culturelles y Réunion des Musées Nationaux
    1970
    vol. I, p. 256, cat. 139
  • Julián Gállego
    Goya. Autorretratos de Goya
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    1990
    pp. 32, 34 y 35 (det.)
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