Francisco de Goya

A Stickball Game (El juego de la pelota a pala) (supposed sketch)

A Stickball Game (El juego de la pelota a pala) (supposed sketch)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1779
Ubicación
Private collection
Dimensiones
52 x 86 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Attributed work
Titular
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
25 Nov 2009 / 22 Nov 2011
Historia

Supposed sketch for the tapestry cartoon A Stickball Game.

Thanks to Mayer, we know that in 1899 this sketch belonged to a private collection in Paris. Today it is in another private collection.

Análisis artístico

Opinions differ regarding the authorship of this work. Some scholars, including Valerian von Loga, Arnaiz, Mayer (who discovered the piece) and Gudiol, consider it to be Goya's own work, whilst others, such as Wilson and Gassier, have expressed doubts. The reasoning of these latter scholars is that the sketch is practically identical to the finished work, whilst the sketches of the Duke and Duchess of Osuna, unanimously recognized as works from Goya's own hand, show multiple changes when compared to the final work. The study that Arnaiz carried out on this work confirms its age, visible in the canvas and the craquelure of the paint, although he himself agrees that it the finished cartoon would perhaps be an excessively faithful reflection of this sketch.

Conservación

The work shows some colour variation in the lower section, almost certainly due to the existence of an underlying painting that can be clearly seen in the upper section.

Bibliografía
  • Francisco de Goya
    Augusto L. Mayer
    p. 216, cat. 573
    1925
    Labor
  • Tapices de Goya
    Valentín de Sambricio
    p. 230, cat. 27ª
    1946
    Patrimonio Nacional
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 89, ca. 145
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 248, cat. 81
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 137, cat. 711
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. I, p. 110
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    José Manuel Arnáiz
    pp. 102, 192, 199, 271, cat. 31B and p.
    1987
    Espasa Calpe
    Col. Espasa Arte
  • Francisco de Goya. Los cartones para tapices y los comienzos de su carrera en la corte de Madrid
    Janis A. Tomlinson
    1987
    Cátedra
    Col. Ensayos de Arte Cátedra
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Juan J. (comisario) Luna
    p. 305
    1996
    Museo del Prado
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