- 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.
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 FranceMusée de l’OrangerieParís1938cat. 6
GoyaMusée Jacquemart-AndréParís1961consultant editor Jean-Gabriel Domergue. From December 1961 to February 1962cat. 53
Trésors de la peinture espagnole, Eglises et Musées de FrancePalais du Louvre and Musée des Arts DécoratifsParís1963from January to April 1963cat. 116
GoyaKoninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen MauritshuisThe Hauge1970organized 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 Vriescat. 21
El arte europeo en la corte de España durante el siglo XVIIIGalerie des Beaux-ArtsBurdeos1979Exhibitied also at Grand Palais, París y Museo Nacional del Prado, Madridcat. 24
Goya y el espíritu de la IlustraciónMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1988from 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. Sayrecat. 31
Goya. La década de Los CaprichosMadrid1992organized 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 1993cat. 45
Goya, un regard librePalais de Beaux ArtsLille1998from 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 Marquéscat. 31
Goya en tiempos de guerraMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid2008consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008cat. 27
De Goya à Delacroix: les relations artistiques de la famille GuillemardetMusée RolinAutun2014exhibition displayed from June 21 to september 21 20014
Goya: Order and disorderMuseum of Fine Arts2014
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 189, cat. 677
vol. I, p. 300, cat. 375
Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982vol. III, p. 113
Goya y el espíritu de la IlustraciónMadridMuseo del Prado1988pp. 194, 195 (il.) y 196, cat. 31
Goya, un regard libreParísRéunion des Musées Nationaux1998pp. 185, 186 y 187 (il.), cat. 31
Goya en tiempos de guerraMadridMuseo Nacional del Prado2008pp. 180 y 181 (il.), cat. 27
www.louvre.fr, consultada el 11-03-201011-03-2010