- Ca. 1804 - 1808
- Private collection, París, France
- 112 x 80 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 21 Mar 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Along with the portrait Boy from the Soria Family, in 1900 this work belonged to the Rothschild family in the castle of Ferrieres, on the outskirts of Paris. Both paintings were confiscated by the Nazis in 1941, with that of the Soria boy ending up in the hands of Hitler himself, whilst that of Clara was appropriated by minister Goering. In 1945, the Americans recovered them from a salt mine in Salzburg.
Unlike other portraits of children by Goya, both this work and its pair, Boy from the Soria Family, stand apart in that the painter has represented the children as if they were adults, posing like grown-ups, with no props or toys to distract them.
In this portrait, the girl Clara poses attentively before the painter. She looks out at the viewer with a faint smile on her lips. She is dressed as an adult, wearing a long dress, and holds a book in her right hand. Behind her is an empty, neutral background.
L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsParís1928-1950p. 349, cat. 67
Chefs d'ouvre de la vie retrouvéeArt et style1946
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 199, cat. 833
Goya. Antecedentes, Coincidencias e Influencias del arte de GoyaMadridSociedad Española de Amigos del Arte1947pp. 36 y 37
vol. I, p. 332, cat. 518