Francisco de Goya

They escape through the flames (Escapan entre las llamas)

They escape through the flames (Escapan entre las llamas)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1810 - 1814
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
187 x 234 mm
Técnica y soporte
Lápiz de plomo y sanguina sobre papel verjurado
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
13 Dec 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

51 (on the lower left-hand corner).


See Sad presentiments of what must come to pass.

This drawing, along with the set of preparatory drawing for the rest of the prints in this series, formed part of the Carderera Collection and was subsequently acquired by the Prado Museum where it is currently housed.

Análisis artístico

In the print They escape through the flames (Escapan entre las llamas) Goya depicts a fire probably caused by an explosion, with terrified people fleeing the scene. The artist practised for the print with this preparatory drawing which has been executed with great precision. The final print is relatively faithful to this drawing.

In the background there are two figures covering their faces, while in the centre, where the artist has depicted the burst of light from the blast, a woman is being dragged away from the explosion. In the left-hand section of the drawing it is possible to identify some elements that Goya subsequently modified, such as the woman carrying a child in her arms: in the print, she is shown turning back, covering her face with her arms. The dark silhouettes that appear in the drawing are more clearly defined in the final work.

  • Goya. Los desastres de la guerra. II. El horror de la sinrazón
    Museo Nacional del Prado
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    cat. 1059
  • GASSIER, Pierre
    Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    cat. 192
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