Francisco de Goya

The Marquis of Castrofuerte (El marqués de Castrofuerte)

Clasificación
The Marquis of Castrofuerte (El marqués de Castrofuerte)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1804 - 1808
Ubicación
Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
Dimensiones
91 x 71 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal
Ficha: realización/revisión
18 Mar 2010 / 06 Mar 2012
Inventario
173 (45.954)
Historia

Before entering the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this work was in the J. Montesinos collection, Valencia.

Análisis artístico

The subject appears seated before a dark background, elegantly dressed in an open frock coat that reveals the white shirt underneath which reaches all the way up to his chin and which provides the painting with some luminosity. His left hand is inside the shirt pocket, whilst his right hand is hidden behind him. According to Gudiol, the brilliant brushstrokes define the shape, the silky texture and the luminous reflections given off by the clothes.

The outline of the figure blends into the background, shrouding it in an air of mystery. The immediate foreground is the part that is the most brightly lit, whilst the shadows creep forward to invade the sitter's space. The face stands out for its great expressiveness, its penetrating gaze and its jovial appearance.

The work forms a pair with the portrait of the subject's wife, the Marchioness of Castrofuerte.

Bibliografía
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 199, cat. 823
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, pp. 345 y 346, cat.
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. III, p. 152
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
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