Francisco de Goya

Uncle Paquete (El tío Paquete)

Clasificación
Uncle Paquete (El tío Paquete)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1820 - 1823
Ubicación
Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
39 x 31 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
04 Apr 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Inventario
(165 (1935.8))
Inscripciones

El celebre ciego fijo ("The famous blind man", on the reverse, before being relined).

Historia

This work belonged to the Count of Doña Marina.

Análisis artístico

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.

Exposiciones
  • Goya 1900
    Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas Artes
    Madrid
    1900
    consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900
  • Goya y el Mundo Moderno
    Museo de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    2008
    organized by the Fundación Goya en Aragón at the Museo de Zaragoza, consultant editors Valeriano Bozal and Concepción Lomba Serrano. From December 18th 2008 to March 22nd 2009
Bibliografía
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    París
    1928-1950
    vol. II, p. 223, cat. 512
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    pp. 323, 329, cat. 1631
  • vol. I, p. 382, cat. 723
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    MilanRizzoli
    1974
    p. 134, cat. 640
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    1980-1982
    vol. IV, p. 189
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