Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Ca. 1820 - 1823
Private collection
15 x 65 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Attributed work
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
26 Oct 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

Goya must have produced a series of sketches or studies before he produced the final Black Paintings (Pinturas negras). Brugada's inventory from 1828 records "Seven caprichos (sketches from the country house)", and it possible that these were preparatory sketches for the paintings. Attempts have been made to identify some of these, including this sketch of two old men. Gudiol, Gassier and Wilson and Camón mention the same sketch, locating it in a private collection in Salamanca. Morales also refers to the work, although he considers it to be a small-scale copy and not the work of Goya. Arnaiz also refers to some copies in oil of the Black Paintings: these were apparently small-scale works by Eduardo Gimeno Canencia.

Análisis artístico

The sketch shows the old man with his cane and a nightmarish figure that seems to be shouting in his ear. There are very few differences between this work and the original painting Two Old Men.

  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 328, cat. 1628c
  • vol. I, p. 379, cat. 704
  • Xavier Salas
    BarcelonaCarroggio S.A. de Ediciones
    cat. 588
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. IV, p. 130
  • José Manuel Arnáiz
    Las pinturas negras
    MadridEdiciones Antiquaria, S.A
    p. 92
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