Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Cronología
1779 - 1780
Ubicación
Unknown location
Dimensiones
200 x 75 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Ficha: realización/revisión
02 Dec 2009 / 22 Nov 2011
Historia

See The Blind Guitarist.

This cartoon was delivered to the Royal Tapestry Factory on 24 January 1780, along with ten other cartoons, completing the decoration of the antechamber to the bedroom. These eleven tapestry cartoons - almost certain to have been made between 21 July 1779, when the artist delivered A Stickball Game and The Swing, and this delivery in January 1780 - were executed very rapidly. It is very likely that Goya was aware of the planned suspension of manufacturing work at the factory and was anxious to finish his commissions and receive his wages.

Around 1856 or 1857, the cartoon was moved from the Royal Tapestry Factory of Santa Bárbara to the Royal Palace in Madrid. In 1870, it was taken to the Prado Museum under orders given on 18 January and 9 February.

This painting does not appear even in the inventory carried out by Vicente López in 1834, meaning that it disappeared in unknown circumstances before that date.

Análisis artístico

This piece was designed for the west wall of the antechamber to the bedroom, along with its companion, The Dog, now also lost.

Since the cartoon has disappeared, we must rely on the composition of the tapestry preserved by the Spanish National Heritage Board and on Goya's description on the invoice to imagine what the painting was like. Three weary men stop to drink at a fountain surrounded by a thicket. One of them crouches down to drink from the spout whilst the other two await their turn.

Once again Tomlinson finds a sexual metaphor here, interpreting the fountain's spout as a phallic symbol.

Bibliografía
  • Tapices de Goya
    Valentín de Sambricio
    p. 235, cat. 32 y lám. 160
    1946
    Patrimonio Nacional
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    vol. I, p. 82, cat. 23
    1928-1950
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 76, 89, cat. 135
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 248, cat. 85
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    pp. 95-96, cat. 93
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. I, p. 114
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    José Manuel Arnáiz
    pp. 106, 108, 277, cat. 36C y p. 107 (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. 144, 146 y p. 145 (il.)
    1987
    Cátedra
    Col. Ensayos de Arte Cátedra
  • 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. 168 (il.)
    1996
    Patrimonio Nacional, Goya 96, Lunwerg
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