Francisco de Goya

The way is hard! (Duro es el paso!)

Clasificación
The way is hard! (Duro es el paso!)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1810 - 1815
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
150 x 207 mm
Técnica y soporte
Sanguine and red lavis on thick laid paper
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
29 Nov 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Inventario
445 (D4384)
Inscripciones

22 (lower left-hand corner).

Historia

This drawing, just like the set of preparatory drawings made for the other prints in the series, formed part of the Carderera collection before arriving at the Prado Museum, where it is currently housed.

Análisis artístico

This preparatory drawing has the same composition as the etching. In the finished work Goya keeps the ladder, the condemned man who is being lifted up it to the gallows, and the monk at his side who, in both the drawing and the print, is raising his hand, his index finger extended. However, Goya did make some changes, such as the orientation of the drawing. Also, in the drawing he has placed a crucifix in the condemned man's hands, something which does not appear in the finished work. What's more, in the drawing the artist has hidden the prisoner's face, whilst in the print it is clearly visible.

This sketch is less detailed than some of the others by Goya, where we can see him working with more urgency, more attention to the details and more precision. This suggests that Goya may have produced some other, more precise, drawing to serve as preparation for the etching The way is hard!.

Exposiciones
  • Goya. Drawings, Etchings and Lithographs
    Goya. Drawings
    London
    1954
    from June 12th to July 25th 1954
  • Goya
    Koninklijke Musea Voor Schone Kunsten Van België
    Brussels
    1985
    consultant editor Luis González Seara. From October 26th to December 22nd 1985
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2008
    consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008
Bibliografía
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    cat. 1014
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    Pierre Gassier
    cat. 174
    1975
    Noguer
    Barcelona, Spain
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