- 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 Apr 2021
- (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.
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 FranceMusée de l’OrangerieParís1938cat. 2
GoyaMinistry of Foreing AffairsBurdeos1951organized by the Bordeaux City Hall, consultant editor Gilberte Martin-Méry. From May 16th to June 30th 1951cat. 6
De Tiépolo à GoyaGalerie des Beaux-ArtsBurdeos1956consultant editor Gilberte Martin-Méry. From May 7th to July 31st 1956cat. 1
GoyaKoninklijke Musea Voor Schone Kunsten Van BelgiëBrussels1985consultant editor Luis González Seara. From October 26th to December 22nd 1985cat. 1
L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsParís1928-1950t. I, p. 53, nº 1 y p. 147, cat. 434
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 93, cat. 201
GoyaParísMinistère d’Etat-Affaires culturelles y Réunion des Musées Nationaux1970vol. I, p. 256, cat. 139
Goya. Autorretratos de GoyaZaragozaCaja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1990pp. 32, 34 y 35 (det.)