- 42 x 15, 5 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 25 Aug 2022 / 15 Jun 2023
Acquired by the engraver Vicente Peleguer (Valencia, 1793- Madrid, 1865), perhaps directly from Goya; sale of the Peleguer Collection, Paris, 1867, cat. 36; sale of the Anatole-Auguste Hulot Collection (+1891), Georges Petit Gallery, Paris, 1892, cat. 135, to Camile Groult; Groult's successors; sale Charpentier Gallery, Paris, 1952, to George Ortiz (+ 2013); The George Ortiz Collection.
This is a sketch of a tapestry cartoon that has not been preserved. Two young men and a dog are trying to get a frightened cat down from a tree. In the background are other young men and a landscape background.
The painting is arranged in an ascending diagonal and breaks with the triangular pattern of Goya's other tapestry compositions. The rapid brushstrokes and the blurred effect through the application of stains are clear signs that this is a sketch.
The backlighting in the foreground is reminiscent of some of Goya's best cartoons, such as The Sunshade, and the light is one of the protagonists in many of these works.
Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturasMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1993from November 18th 1993 to February 15th 1994. Exhibited also at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 18th to June 12th 1994 and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, July 16th to October 16th 1994, consultant editors Manuela B. Mena Marqués and Juliet Wilson-Bareaucat. 29
París1892p. 54, nº 135.
BarcelonaPolígrafa1970vol. I, pp. 172-173, cat. 233
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