Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Ca. 1808 - 1812
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, United States
45 x 63 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
The Museum of Fine Arts
Ficha: realización/revisión
21 Apr 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

Goya (in the foreground on the right-hand side, almost vertical).


For more information, see Pieces of Lamb.

Javier Goya inherited this series of still lifes from his father, and in turn left them to his own son, Mariano. When he was unable to repay a loan made to him by the Count of Yumuri, Carabanchel, Mariano gave this set of paintings as security, and in the end the works became the property of the count. When the Count of Yumuri died in 1865 the series of still lifes was sold. Today these works are scattered between different museums and institutions around the world, and some of the paintings have now been lost.

This particular work at one point belonged to Zacharie Astruc in Paris, as well as to Madame Thévenot and David-Weill, also in Paris. In 1994 it was purchased by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston using funds provided by the Alice Pratt Brown Museum Fund and the Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund.

Análisis artístico

This work forms part of the series of still lifes painted by Goya sometime between 1808 and 1812. Like the rest of the paintings in the series, the artist has created a neutral background over the top of which the motionless bodies of the animals have been placed. In this case, and unlike some of the other works, there exists no other object to serve as a spatial reference and the viewer's attention is focussed entirely on the animals.

The light falls on the fish, covered by shining, still-wet scales which, like the rigid pose of the dead turkey which the artist painted during the same period, suggest that these animals have been caught just moments earlier.

For more information, see Pieces of Lamb.

  • Goya
    Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis
    The Hauge
    organized by Ministerio de Estado y Asuntos Culturales and Réunion des Musées Nationaux, July 4th to September 13th 1970. Exhibited also at the Musée de l’Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, October 25th to December 7th 1970, consultant editors Jeannine Baticle and A. B. de Vries
  • El bodegón español de Velázquez a Goya
    The National Gallery
    exhibition celebrated from February 22nd to May 21st 1995, curated by Peter Cherry
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
  • Goya: Prophet der Moderne
    Alte Nationalgalerie
    from July 13th to October 3th 2005. Exhibitied also at the Kunsthistorischemuseum, Vienna, October 18th 2005 to January 8th 2006, consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués
  • Goya: Order and disorder
    Museum of Fine Arts
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    p. 215, cat. 178
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    pp. 262, cat. 907
  • vol. I, p. 353, cat. 592
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    p. 123, cat. 500
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. III, p. 187
  • Alfredo de Paz
    Goya. Arte e condizione umana
    NaplesLiguori editore
    pp. 158-160
  • Peter Cherry and William B. Jordan
    El bodegón español de Velázquez a Goya
    MadridEdiciones El Viso
    pp. 175, 176, 177, 178 (il.) 180 y 184
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    pp. 230 (il.), 405 y 406
  • Joan Sureda Pons
    Los mundos de Goya (1746-1828)
    pp. 159-160
  • Peter C. Marzio
    Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Director's Choice
    New Heaven-Londres, Yale University Press
    pp. 90-91
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