Francisco de Goya

The Straw Manikin (El pelele) (sketch)

The Straw Manikin (El pelele) (sketch)
Datos Generales
Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, United States
35.6 x 23.2 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Attributed work
Armand Hammer Foundation
Ficha: realización/revisión
22 Dec 2009 / 04 Aug 2015
68 (90.36)

Sketch for the tapestry cartoon The Straw Manikin.

This sketch belonged to Beatriz Sánchez de la Fuente de Lafora, and later to Juan Lafora, in Madrid. In 1935 it became part of the collection of M. Knoedler & Co. Finally, it was in the Henry R. Luce collection, in New York, before being acquired by the Armand Hammer Foundation, based in Los Angeles.

Análisis artístico

Just like in the cartoon, we see four women amusing themselves by tossing a straw doll up and down in a blanket. However, there are important differences between the two works. Whilst in the cartoon there is a copse of trees framing the women, here we see a crenellated bridge on the left, connecting to the architecture in the sketch for Young Women with Pitchers.

The painting is executed with a light touch, flowing brushstrokes and some impasto details. The outline of the manikin, which appears to be trying to run away, stands out very clearly against the pink-clouded sky behind.

The biggest problem thrown up by this sketch is how to define its exact relationship with the finished cartoon. Another work exists in New York which competes with this one for the status of the authentic sketch for The Straw Manikin. Arnaiz is of the opinion that the similarities between the works makes it difficult to make a definitive decision. However, the writer points out that this appears to be the companion piece to the previously mentioned sketch Young Women with Pitchers, something which is also remarked upon by Morales.

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    Sociedad Española de Amigos del Arte
  • Pictures collected by Yale Alumni
    Yale University Art Gallery
    New Haven
  • The Armand Hammer Collection (1969-1974)
    Palacio de Bellas Artes de México
    Mexico D.F.
  • Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    from November 18th 1993 to February 15th 1994. Exhibited also at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 18th to June 12th 1994 and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, July 16th to October 16th 1994, consultant editors Manuela B. Mena Marqués and Juliet Wilson-Bareau
  • Goya: Order and disorder
    Museum of Fine Arts
  • Tapices de Goya
    Valentín de Sambricio
    p. 274, cat. 58ª y lám. 184
    Patrimonio Nacional
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 99, 374, cat. 296
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 283, cat. 300
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 105, cat. 255
  • Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    José Manuel Arnáiz
    pp. 195, 199, 316, cat. 64B-a y lám. XIX
    Espasa Calpe
    Col. Espasa Arte
  • Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Manuela B. (comisaria) Mena Marqués and Juliet (comisaria) Wilson-Bareau
    p. 185, cat. 31 y p. 187 (il.)
    Museo del Prado
  • Goya. Catálogo de la pintura
    José Luis Morales Y Marín
    p. 219, cat. 205
    Real Academia de Nobles y Bellas Artes de San Luis
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