- Ca. 1820 - 1823
- Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain
- 39 x 31 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 04 Apr 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
- (165 (1935.8))
El celebre ciego fijo ("The famous blind man", on the reverse, before being relined).
This work belonged to the Count of Doña Marina.
Uncle Paquete was a very well-known blind man in Madrid. He used to sit on the steps of the church of San Felipe el Real, singing and playing his guitar and begging for money. In this portrait, Goya immortalized the man's misshapen features. His eyes are hollowed out and his teeth are all missing. Despite this, he grins out at us unashamedly. This is an image which mixes the dramatic and the comical aspects of blindness. Uncle Paquete must have been a witty character who doubtless provided the artist with a certain inspiration, being drawn as he was to the more grotesque aspects of life. It is a work of great expressionist strength.
In technical terms, this portrait is very close to the Black Paintings from the Quinta del Sordo. The colour palette is also very dark and it has been executed using thickly loaded brushstrokes.
Goya 1900Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas ArtesMadrid1900consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900cat. 54
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L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsParís1928-1950vol. II, p. 223, cat. 512
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970pp. 323, 329, cat. 1631
vol. I, p. 382, cat. 723
L’opera pittorica completa di GoyaMilanRizzoli1974p. 134, cat. 640
Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982vol. IV, p. 189