Francisco de Goya

Self-Portrait in the Studio (Autorretrato en el taller)

Clasificación
Self-Portrait in the Studio (Autorretrato en el taller)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1790 - 1795
Ubicación
Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
42 x 28 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando
Ficha: realización/revisión
18 Jan 2010 / 12 Sep 2019
Inventario
149 (1166)
Historia

This work came from the collection of the Count of Villagonzalo.

Análisis artístico

This small painting is one of the few examples in which Goya depicts himself in a full-length portrait.

The great artist is seen painting a canvas, of which we can only see the rear, in front of a large window through which light is flooding in, creating an interesting visual dynamic in which the figure of the painter, looking towards the viewer, boldly stands out against the light. Goya is shown wearing breeches, a short jacket and a tall hat fitted with metal clasps into which the artist would have placed a number of candles to provide extra light when putting the finishing touches to a painting. In the words of his son, Javier de Goya: "the final touches, for the best effect in a painting, were done at night, with artificial light".

In his left hand he holds a palette, on which we can see ten colours laid out, and a number of brushes. His right hand holds the brush that he is currently using.

This work is one of those that shows us Goya's desire to evoke in his paintings "the magic of the atmosphere", a phrase that Javier Goya tells us was one of the painter's favourites.

Exposiciones
  • Goya 1900
    Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas Artes
    Madrid
    1900
    consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900
  • Pinturas de Goya
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1928
    consultant editor Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor. From Apri to -May 1928
  • Exhibition of Spanish Art, Including pictures, Drawings and Engravings by Goya
    Burlington Fine Arts Club
    London
    1928
  • Goya en las colecciones madrileñas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1983
    consultant editor Enrique Lafuente Ferrari. From April 19th to June 20th 1983
  • Goya nelle collezioni private di Spagne
    Villa Favorita
    Lugano
    1986
    consultant editor Marta Medina. From June 15th to October 15th 1986
  • Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1988
    from October 6th to December 18th 1988. Exhibited also at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, January 18th to March 26th 1989; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York, May 9th to July 16th 1989, Madrid curator Manuela B. Mena Marqués, scientific directors Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor A. Sayre
  • De Greco á Picasso. Cinq siècles d’art espagnol
    Musée du Petit Palais
    Paris
    1987
    from October 10th 1987 to January 3th 1988
  • Goya: toros y toreros
    Espace Van Gogh
    Arles
    1990
    displayed also at Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, consultant editor Pierre Gassier.
  • Goya. La década de Los Caprichos
    Madrid
    1992
    organized by Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando sponsored by Fundación Central Hispano, Madrid, consultant editor Nigel Glendinnig. From October 26th 1992 to January 10th 1993
  • Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1993
    from November 18th 1993 to February 15th 1994. Exhibited also at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 18th to June 12th 1994 and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, July 16th to October 16th 1994, consultant editors Manuela B. Mena Marqués and Juliet Wilson-Bareau
  • Goya: Order and disorder
    Museum of Fine Arts
    Boston
    2014
Bibliografía
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    50 vol. II, p. 70, cat. 352
    1928-1950
  • Vida y obras de Goya
    Francisco Javier Sánchez Cantón
    p. 45 y 148
    1951
    Editorial Peninsular
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 169, cat. 331
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 249, cat. 96
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • Goya en las colecciones madrileñas
    Enrique (comisario) Lafuente Ferrari
    p. 156 y 157 (il.)
    1983
    Amigos del Museo del Prado
  • Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor Sayre
    pp. 172 (il.) y 173, cat. 18
    1988
    Museo del Prado
  • Goya. Autorretratos de Goya
    Julián Gállego
    p. 43 y 44 (il.)
    1990
    Caja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • La década de los Caprichos. Retratos 1792-1804
    Nigel (comisario) Glendinning
    cat. 60
    1992
    Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
  • Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Manuela B. (comisaria) Mena Marqués and Juliet (comisaria) Wilson-Bareau
    p. 256-258, cat. 62
    1993
    Museo del Prado
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