Francisco de Goya

Group of women fleeing from soldiers

Group of women fleeing from soldiers
Datos Generales
Ca. 1810 - 1814
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
148 x 207 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

6 (in black pencil, bottom left)


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.

Análisis artístico

See Women surprised by soldiers.

The present drawing is one of the sketchiest of the series of non-etched preparatory drawings for the Disasters of War. The composition is somewhat faded and only a central group of the women referred to in the title can be made out. Among them is a young woman in the foreground whose posture is reminiscent of that of the drawing Infame Profit, but shown from the front. She is dressed in a white camisole and spreads her arms wide, gesturing with alarm, standing barefoot on the ground in a very expressive pose. The other figures are not as individualised and do not appear in as well-defined a frame as in other drawings in the series.

  • SÁNCHEZ CANTÓN, Francisco Javier
    Los dibujos de Goya, 2 vols.
    MadridAmigos del Museo del Prado
    s. p., cat. 147
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 274, cat. 1105
  • GASSIER, Pierre
    Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    p. 325 (il.), cat. 238
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