Francisco de Goya

Country Dance (Baile campestre) (sketch)

Country Dance (Baile campestre) (sketch)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1776 - 1778
Private collection
46 x 54 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Attributed work
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
19 Nov 2009 / 14 Apr 2021

Supposed sketch for a tapestry cartoon that was never realized.

Análisis artístico

See the artistic analysis of this work and its companion piece in Majos Picnicking.

The case for Country Dance as the supposed sketch for Dance on the Banks of the Manzanares reminds us that it is true that it seems that two sketches existed for this cartoon. We know this thanks to one of the letters that Goya wrote to his good friend Martín Zapater, in which he talks of an incident involving the "old" sketch and the architect Sabatini. He says that he was originally going to send him a sketch "that was spoiled", for which reason it is believed that there must have existed a modern sketch to replace the ruined one. Years later the grandnephew of Martín Zapater, Francisco, wrote in Goya's biographical notes about the sketch, saying that "said study that is in my possession and that has been confirmed by Mr Haess, depicts a round dance: standing out in the background is the church of Saint Francis the Great". Thanks to this last detail we know that the old sketch cannot correspond to the work before us, in which there is no sign of the mentioned church.

  • Goya 1900
    Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas Artes
    consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900
  • Francisco Zapater Y Gómez
    Goya. Noticias biográficas
    ZaragozaInstitución Fernando el Católico
    p. 13
  • Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    vol. I, p. 171, cat. 125
  • Valentín de Sambricio
    Tapices de Goya
    MadridPatrimonio Nacional
    pp. 85, 93, 173, 205, cat. 11b
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    pp. 76, 90, cat. 151
  • vol. I, p. 244, cat. 61
  • José Manuel Arnáiz
    Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    col. Col. Espasa Arte
    Espasa Calpe
    pp. 184, 249, cat. 14B y p. 185 (il.)
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    p. 94, cat. 69
  • José Luis Morales Y Marín
    Goya. Catálogo de la pintura
    ZaragozaReal Academia de Nobles y Bellas Artes de San Luis
    pp. 141, cat. 57
  • Francisco de Goya Y Lucientes
    Cartas a Martín Zapater
    Madridedición de Mercedes Águila Villar y Xavier de Salas, Istmo
    p. 69, nº 7
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