Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Cronología
1778 - 1780
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
259 x 100 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
23 Nov 2009 / 08 Jun 2015
Inventario
21 (P00782)
Historia

See The Fair at Madrid.

Análisis artístico

The tapestry weaved from this cartoon decorated the south wall of the bedroom, together with its companion piece The Soldier and the Lady.

In this composition, all eyes - both those of the majos who are flirting with her and those of the viewer - are drawn towards the figure of the maja selling haw fruits, with a mischievous posture and dressed in brighter colours to accentuate her importance within the piece. The theme of the maja selling fruit and flirting with majos had already been employed by Goya in The Picnic.

The scene's composition follows the same arrangement as that of The Soldier and the Lady, breaking up the space with the building on the left and the awning shading the characters. In this way, our attention is kept focused on the foreground.

It has been suggested that the canvas may have been cut lengthways along the left-hand side, since the resulting tapestry shows a different composition, although this could also have been the result of the alterations that the weavers of the Royal Tapestry Factory often made to simplify their work or to charge for more hours of work, or simply to adapt the tapestry in order to decorate a larger surface.

Conservación

The reddish preparation that Goya applied, sometimes covered with a thin glaze, has caused the work to darken over the years. Its colours now appear flat and lack the tonal range that they would have had originally.

Exposiciones
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1996
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
  • Goya. La imagen de la mujer
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2001
    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
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2014
Bibliografía
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    vol. I, p. 74, cat. 15
    1928-1950
  • Tapices de Goya
    Valentín de Sambricio
    pp. 86, 224, cat. 24 y láms. 106-107
    1946
    Patrimonio Nacional
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 76, 88, cat. 127
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 247, cat. 76
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 95, cat. 84
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. I, p. 98 y p. 154 (il.)
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Imagen de Goya
    Valeriano Bozal
    p. 71
    1983
    Lumen
  • Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    José Manuel Arnáiz
    pp. 93, 98, 267, cat. 28C y p. 99 (il.)
    1987
    Espasa Calpe
    Col. Espasa Arte
  • Francisco de Goya. Los cartones para tapices y los comienzos de su carrera en la corte de Madrid
    Janis A. Tomlinson
    pp. 109, 115-117
    1987
    Cátedra
    Col. Ensayos de Arte Cátedra
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Juan J. (comisario) Luna
    p. 302, cat. 21
    1996
    Museo del Prado
  • Salas del Palacio Real de El Pardo para las que se tejieron tapices sobre cartones de Francisco de Goya: identificación de las habitaciones y ajuste de las obras de Goya en los alzados de las paredes
    in HERRERO CARRETERO, Concha (curator, Tapices y cartones de Goya (catalogue of the exhibition organizated at the Palacio Real de Madrid, from may to june 1996)
    José Luis Sancho
    p. 171 (il.)
    1996
    Patrimonio Nacional, Goya 96, Lunwerg
  • Cartas a Martín Zapater
    Francisco de Goya Y Lucientes
    p. 72, nº 8
    2003
    edición de Mercedes Águila Villar y Xavier de Salas, Istmo
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    p. 143
    2014
    Museo Nacional del Prado
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