Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Cronología
1779
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
137 x 112 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
30 Nov 2009 / 13 Jul 2015
Inventario
34 (P00743)
Historia

See The Blind Guitarist.

This cartoon was delivered to the Royal Tapestry Factory on 24 January 1780, along with ten other cartoons, completing the decoration of the antechamber to the bedroom. These eleven tapestry cartoons - almost certain to have been made between 21 July 1779, when the artist delivered A Stickball Game and The Swing, and this delivery in January 1780 - were executed very rapidly. It is very likely that Goya was aware of the planned suspension of manufacturing work at the factory and was anxious to finish his commissions and receive his wages.

In 1870, the tapestry cartoons that had been stored in the basements of the Palacio de Oriente in Madrid were moved to the Prado Museum, known back then as the Royal Painting and Sculpture Museum. In was then that six cartoons by Goya were discovered to be missing; among them was this work (see Children with a Cart). Thanks to the painter Raimundo de Madrazo, in 1895 two of the cartoons, Majo with Guitar and Dogs and Hunting Gear, were donated back to the Prado Museum after being acquired in Paris.

Análisis artístico

This overdoor piece decorated the north wall of the bedroom antechamber, where it formed a pair with another overdoor, The Woodcutters.

A majo plays a lament on his guitar and sings to the sky with a melancholic air, whilst behind him some other figures turn their backs on him, ignoring him. The position of his legs appears exaggerated due to the fact that this piece was designed to be hung above a door.

Tomlinson believes that Goya is representing here the loneliness of he who does not find love, far removed from the flirtatious scenes that the same writer sees in the rest of the tapestries decorating the antechamber to the royal bedroom.

Exposiciones
  • Obras maestras de la pintura española de los siglos XVI al XIX
    Museo Pushkin
    Moscow
    1980
    Exhibited also at the State Hermitage Museum, San Petersburgo
  • Goya. Das Zeitalter der Revolucionen. Kunst um 1800 (1789 – 1830)
    Kunsthalle
    Hamburg
    1980
  • Exposición de pintura española
    Belgrade
    1981
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1996
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
  • Tapices y cartones de Goya
    Palacio Real
    Madrid
    1996
    organized by Patrimonio Nacional and Sociedad Estatal Goya 96 at the Palacio Real, Madrid, consultant editor Concha Herrero Carretero. May to June 1996
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2014
Bibliografía
  • Tapices de Goya
    Valentín de Sambricio
    pp. 86, 116, 243, cat. 37 y láms. 134-13
    1946
    Patrimonio Nacional
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    vol. I, p. 87, cat. 28
    1928-1950
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 76, 89, cat. 140
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 249, cat. 92
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    pp. 95-96, cat.98
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    José Manuel Arnáiz
    pp. 61, 110, 282, cat. 41C
    1987
    Espasa Calpe
    Col. Espasa Arte
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. I, p, 114 y vol. II, p. 33 (il.)
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Goya, Saturno y melancolía. Consideraciones sobre el arte de Goya
    Folke Nordström
    pp. 35-39 y p. 36 (il.)
    1989
    La Balsa de la Medusa (Edición original: Estocolmo, Almqvis & Wiksell, 1962)
  • Francisco de Goya. Los cartones para tapices y los comienzos de su carrera en la corte de Madrid
    Janis A. Tomlinson
    pp. 153, 155-156 y p. 152 (il.)
    1987
    Cátedra
    Col. Ensayos de Arte Cátedra
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Juan J. (comisario) Luna
    pp. 311-312, cat. 32 y p. 107 (il.)
    1996
    Museo del Prado
  • Salas del Palacio Real de El Pardo para las que se tejieron tapices sobre cartones de Francisco de Goya: identificación de las habitaciones y ajuste de las obras de Goya en los alzados de las paredes
    in HERRERO CARRETERO, Concha (curator, Tapices y cartones de Goya (catalogue of the exhibition organizated at the Palacio Real de Madrid, from may to june 1996)
    José Luis Sancho
    p. 169 (il.)
    1996
    Patrimonio Nacional, Goya 96, Lunwerg
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    p. 181
    2014
    Museo Nacional del Prado
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