- 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.
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 1900Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas ArtesMadrid1900consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900cat. 51
Goya. Noticias biográficasZaragozaInstitución Fernando el Católico1868p. 13
L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsParís1928-1950vol. I, p. 171, cat. 125
Tapices de GoyaMadridPatrimonio Nacional1946pp. 85, 93, 173, 205, cat. 11b
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970pp. 76, 90, cat. 151
vol. I, p. 244, cat. 61
Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapicescol. col. "Espasa Arte"Espasa Calpe1987pp. 184, 249, cat. 14B y p. 185 (il.)
L’opera pittorica completa di GoyaMilanRizzoli1974p. 94, cat. 69
Goya. Catálogo de la pinturaZaragozaReal Academia de Nobles y Bellas Artes de San Luis1994pp. 141, cat. 57
Cartas a Martín ZapaterMadridIstmo2003p. 69, nº 7