Francisco de Goya

Ferdinand Guillemardet

Ferdinand Guillemardet
Datos Generales
Ca. 1798 - 1799
Musée du Louvre, París, France
186 x 124 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Musée du Louvre
Ficha: realización/revisión
10 Mar 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

This painting remained in the possession of Guillemardet's children until 1865, when it was bequeathed to the museum by Louis Guillemardet, son of the sitter and friend of Eugéne Delacroix.

Análisis artístico

Ferdinand Guillemardet (1765-1808) was a doctor from Burgundy and a member of the French Convention, who arrived in Spain in 1798 to occupy the post of French Ambassador, which he held until 1800.

He is shown here seated in a chair, his legs crossed in a somewhat forced pose, his body turned to look out at the viewer, his left hand resting on his leg. His prominent aquiline nose dominates his face, which looks out at us with an intelligent, lively gaze. Behind him, a table covered with a golden cloth holds a two-cornered hat and writing materials. The colours of the French flag are unmissable, both in the sash and in the rosette and feathers of the hat.

On this occasion, Goya used a greenish grey background which, with its unusual tonal graduation (much brighter directly behind the sitter and at the very bottom), lends the composition a sense of depth.

This was the first of Goya's portraits to enter the collection of the Louvre and, according to the artist himself, was one of his favourite works.

  • Peintures de Goya des collections de France
    Musée de l’Orangerie
  • Goya
    Musée Jacquemart-André
    consultant editor Jean-Gabriel Domergue. From December 1961 to February 1962
  • Trésors de la peinture espagnole, Eglises et Musées de France
    Palais du Louvre and Musée des Arts Décoratifs
    from January to April 1963
  • Goya
    Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis
    The Hauge
    organized by Ministerio de Estado y Asuntos Culturales and Réunion des Musées Nationaux, July 4th to September 13th 1970. Exhibited also at the Musée de l’Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, October 25th to December 7th 1970, consultant editors Jeannine Baticle and A. B. de Vries
  • El arte europeo en la corte de España durante el siglo XVIII
    Galerie des Beaux-Arts
    Exhibitied also at Grand Palais, París y Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
  • Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    from October 6th to December 18th 1988. Exhibited also at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, January 18th to March 26th 1989; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York, May 9th to July 16th 1989, Madrid curator Manuela B. Mena Marqués, scientific directors Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor A. Sayre
  • Goya. La década de Los Caprichos
    organized by Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando sponsored by Fundación Central Hispano, Madrid, consultant editor Nigel Glendinnig. From October 26th 1992 to January 10th 1993
  • Goya, un regard libre
    Palais de Beaux Arts
    from December 12th 1998 to March 14th 1999. Exhibited also at The Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, April 17th 1999 to July 11th 1999, consultant editor Arnauld Brejon de Lavergnée and Joseph J. Rishel in collaboration with Manuela B. Mena Marqués
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008
  • De Goya à Delacroix: les relations artistiques de la famille Guillemardet
    Musée Rolin
    exhibition displayed from June 21 to september 21 20014
  • Goya: Order and disorder
    Museum of Fine Arts
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 189, cat. 677
  • vol. I, p. 300, cat. 375
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. III, p. 113
  • MENA, Manuela B. (comisaria) and PÉREZ SÁNCHEZ, Alfonso E. y SAYRE, Eleanor A. (directores)
    Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    pp. 194, 195 (il.) y 196, cat. 31
  • Arnauld Brejon De Lavergnée
    Goya, un regard libre
    ParísRéunion des Musées Nationaux
    pp. 185, 186 y 187 (il.), cat. 31
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    pp. 180 y 181 (il.), cat. 27
  •, consultada el 11-03-2010
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