- 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.
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.
Los dibujos de Goya, 2 vols.MadridAmigos del Museo del Prado1954s. p., cat. 147
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 274, cat. 1105
Dibujos de Goya, 2 volsBarcelonaNoguer1975p. 325 (il.), cat. 238