Francisco de Goya

The Bonfire (La hoguera)

Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1800 - 1814
Ubicación
Private collection
Dimensiones
33 x 47 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on wood panel
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
12 May 2010 / 01 Aug 2017
Historia

This work belonged to the collection of the Count of Villagonzalo, from where it was inherited by its current owners.

Análisis artístico

Inside a cave, a group of naked men stand beside a large fire. Their faces are coarsely rendered using rough, crude brushstrokes.

As in many other works from this same period, Goya has relegated the surrounding space to a very secondary role, and has provided us with minimal information about the place in which the scene is taking place. Instead, our attention is focussed on the human figures, whose primitive nature Goya has chosen to emphasize, and on the fire which occupies the entire central part of the scene.

There exists a smaller replica of this picture (32 x 42 cm), painted on tinplate, in the Prado Museum. It was donated to the Madrid museum in 1912 by the collector Cristóbal Férriz y Sicilia.

The present work is the companion piece to The Cutting of a Woman's Throat and, due to its subject matter and its formal characteristics, is also closely related to the scenes of cannibalism depicted in the works housed at the fine arts museum of Besançon, Cannibals Contemplating Human Remains and Cannibals Preparing their Victims.

Exposiciones
  • Pinturas de Goya
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1928
    consultant editor Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor. From April to May 1928
  • El arte de Goya
    Museo de Arte Occidental de Tokio
    Tokyo
    1971
    from 16th 1971 to January 23th 1972. Exhibited also at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, January 29th to March 15th 1972.
  • Goya
    Koninklijke Musea Voor Schone Kunsten Van België
    Brussels
    1985
    consultant editor Luis González Seara. From October 26th to December 22nd 1985
  • Goya nelle collezioni private di Spagne
    Villa Favorita
    Lugano
    1986
    consultant editor Marta Medina. From June 15th to October 15th 1986
  • Goya (1746 – 1828)
    Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna di Ca’Pesaro
    Venecia
    1989
    consultant editor Antonio Fortún Paesa. From May 7th to July 4th 1989
  • Goya
    La Lonja, Torreón Fortea y Museo Pablo Gargallo
    Zaragoza
    1992
    consultant editor Julián Gállego
Bibliografía
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 264, cat. 925
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, pp. 322, cat. 472
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 117, cat. 412, 413
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Goya
    Julián Gállego
    pp. 118 y 119 (il.), cat. 43
    1992
    Electa
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