- Ca. 1812 - 1814
- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 170 x 222 mm
- Técnica y soporte
- Sanguine on laid paper
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 20 Aug 2021 / 25 May 2023
19 (in black pencil, lower left)
Frame in sanguine, copperplate mark
In the Prado Museum has examples of preparatory drawings from all the series of engravings Goya produced throughout his career. Almost all of them, with a few exceptions, come from the collection of Valentín Carderera (1796-1880), whose heir, Mariano Carderera, sold a lot of 284 preparatory drawings to the Prado Museum in 1866. The Prado Museum has 75 of the preparatory drawings for the Disasters of War series, some of which, such as Women Surprised by Soldiers, were never engraved.
Line of provenance: Javier Goya, 1828; Mariano Goya, 1854; Valentín Carderera, ca. 1861; Mariano Carderera, 1880; Prado Museum, 12/11/1886.
The Disasters of War included, among the depiction of the ravages of the War of Independence, numerous scenes of the famine suffered in Madrid, one of the devastating consequences of the conflict. In this Hunger Scene, the drawing shows several groups of somewhat diffuse figures seated on different planes. In the foreground are two figures seated around a prone body, with their hands on their chests and bare feet. The poorly defined lines make it difficult to identify exactly what is happening, although it could be a famine victim surrounded by mourning relatives, one of whom appears to be a young woman. In the background is a sort of portico with windows, outlined with a few large vertical blocks. Technically, it is one of the most sketchy of the non-etched preparatory drawings in this series and, like the others, is executed in sanguine.
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