Francisco de Goya

Self-Portrait (Autorretrato)

Self-Portrait (Autorretrato)
Datos Generales
1782 - 1783
Musée des Beaux-arts d' Agen, Agen, France
83 x 54 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Musée des Beaux-arts d' Agen
Ficha: realización/revisión
09 Jan 2010 / 14 Mar 2012
263 (274 ch)

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


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.

  • Peintures de Goya des collections de France
    Musée de l’Orangerie
  • Goya
    Ministry of Foreing Affairs
    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
    consultant editor Gilberte Martin-Méry. From May 7th to July 31st 1956
  • Goya
    Koninklijke Musea Voor Schone Kunsten Van België
    consultant editor Luis González Seara. From October 26th to December 22nd 1985
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    t. I, p. 53, nº 1 y p. 147, cat. 434
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 93, cat. 201
    Office du livre
  • Goya
    Jeannine (comisaria) Baticle and A. B. (comisario) Vries
    vol. I, p. 256, cat. 139
    Ministère d’Etat-Affaires culturelles y Réunion des Musées Nationaux
  • Goya. Autorretratos de Goya
    Julián Gállego
    pp. 32, 34 y 35 (det.)
    Caja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
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