Francisco de Goya

The Moving of a Stone (La conducción de una piedra)

The Moving of a Stone (La conducción de una piedra)
Datos Generales
Cronología
1786 - 1787
Ubicación
Planeta Corporación, S.R.L., Barcelona, Spain
Dimensiones
166 x 154 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Planeta Corporación, S.R.L.
Ficha: realización/revisión
27 May 2010 / 31 Jul 2017
Historia

See The Greasy Pole.

Goya was paid 2,500 reales for this painting.

Análisis artístico

For the analysis of the whole series, see The Greasy Pole.

The description states: "7. ... a large construction site, to which a block of stone is being carried by two pairs of oxen, and a poor man, who has done himself an injury, being carried off on a ladder, and three men who look on in pity, with its corresponding landscape". The apparently calm scene, in which we see some men at work on a large construction, is interrupted by what would have been an occurrence as common, if not as pleasant, as those depicted in all the works that make up this series. One of the workers has done himself an injury (in Spanish, "se ha desgraciado", which could be translated as "has come unstuck"), as Goya points out in his description. This expression is usually a euphemism for drunkenness, as Tomlinson reminds us, and was possibly meant as a criticism of the unhealthy habits of the common people, frowned upon by the ilustrados. Goya was to return to this same theme in the tapestry cartoon The Injured Mason, the finished work produced from the sketch The Drunken Mason.

Exposiciones
  • Exposición y venta de los cuadros, esculturas, grabados y otros objetos artísticos de la Casa Duca
    Palacio de la Industria y de las Artes
    Madrid
    1896
    1896
  • Goya nelle collezioni private di Spagne
    Villa Favorita
    Lugano
    1986
    consultant editor Marta Medina. From June 15th to October 15th 1986
  • Goya: Prophet der Moderne
    Alte Nationalgalerie
    Berlin
    2005
    from July 13th to October 3th 2005. Exhibitied also at the Kunsthistorischemuseum, Vienna, October 18th 2005 to January 8th 2006, consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués
Bibliografía
  • Goya. Composiciones y figuras, t.II
    Aureliano de Beruete Y Moret
    pp. 62-63
    t. II
    1917
    edición compendiada por Francisco Javier Sánchez Cantón: Madrid, Blass, 1928
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    vol. I, p. 201, cat. 162
    1928-1950
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 79, 96, cat. 252
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 271, cat. 238
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 101, cat. 190
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. II, p. 47 y p. 165 (il.)
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Francisco de Goya. Los cartones para tapices y los comienzos de su carrera en la corte de Madrid
    Janis A. Tomlinson
    pp. 203-204 y p. 201 (il.)
    1987
    Cátedra
    Col. Ensayos de Arte Cátedra
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