Francisco de Goya

Francisca Sabasa y García

Francisca Sabasa y García
Datos Generales
Ca. 1804 - 1808
National Gallery of Art. Washington, Washington, United States
71 x 58 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
The National Gallery of Art, Andrew W. Mellon Collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
16 Mar 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

This work belonged to the sitter until her death, when it was inherited by her god-daughter, Mariana García Soler, of Madrid. It later belonged to various collections: Doctor James Simon, Berlin; Count Paalen, Berlin; and Heinrich Skalrz, Berlin. It was subsequently bought by the Duveen Brothers company, New York. In 1930 it was in the possession of Andrew W. Mellon and it entered the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in 1937.

Análisis artístico

Francisca Sabasa y García was actually María García Pérez de Castro, born into a wealthy Madrid family in 1790. She was the daughter ofEvaristo Pérez de Castro, whom Goya also painted. The name Sabasa probably stems from a family habit of calling her by that name.

In this half-length portrait, the lady is shown before a neutral background, which makes her stand out sharply. She is depicted simply, without jewellery or symbols to distract the viewer, thus avoiding any reference to her social status. Covering her shoulders is a cape of yellow and gold, and over the back of her head she wears a semi-transparent scarf, allowing some of her curls to fall down over her forehead, giving her a youthful appearance. Her arms are also covered, contributing even more to the figure's elegant appearance. Her face - somewhat serious and distant - looks straight out at the viewer.

Goya painted the clothing with long, broad brushstrokes, in contrast to the fine, delicate ones used for the young woman's face and hair.

  • A Century of Progress. Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures
    The Art Institute of Chicago
    from June 1st to November 1st 1933
  • A loan exhibition of Goya (for the benefit of the Institute of Fine Arts New York University)
    Wildenstein and Co. Gallery y New York University
    New York
    consultant editors Vladimir Visson y David Wildenstein in collaboration with Ima N. Ebin. From November 9th to December 16th 1950
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
  • Goya. La imagen de la mujer
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    from October 30th 2001 to February 10th 2002. Exhibitied also at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, March 10th to June 2nd 2002, consultant editor Francisco Calvo Serraller
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 198, cat. 816
  • vol. I, p. 335, cat. 527
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. III, p. 157
  • José Valverde Madrid
    El retrato de doña Sabasa García por Goya
    pp. 108 y 109
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    pp. 219 (il.), 400 y 401, cat. 129
  • CALVO SERRALLER, Francisco (comisario)
    Goya, la imagen de la mujer
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado y Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado
    pp. 272, 273 (il.) y 274, cat. 75
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