Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Cronología
1786
Ubicación
Private collection
Dimensiones
35 x 24 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
09 Dec 2009 / 19 Jan 2022
Inventario
-
Historia

Sketch for the tapestry cartoon The Flower Girls.

This sketch was made by Goya in autumn 1786, to be shown to the king for his approval. A document certifies that the artist requested payment for a carriage to take him to the palace of San Lorenzo de El Escorial expressly for this purpose.

The work was acquired by the ninth Duke of Osuna in 1799. In this collection it appeared under the title of Spring. It went on sale in 1896, at the time of the bankruptcy of the ducal household, by order of the executive bondholder board, and it was bought by the eighth Duke of Montellano, later entering the private collection where it is found today.

Análisis artístico

Although some writers previously considered this work to be a smaller version of the cartoon, Sambricio provided documentary evidence demonstrating that it was in fact a preparatory work. This writer did not see any major differences between the sketch and the finished cartoon, although Bozal and Wilson do not share this opinion. The former points out the slight differences in the poses and postures of the figures, which are generally more stylized, allowing for light airy spaces between them, which were barely present before. Bozal believes that this change facilitated the figures' integration into their natural surroundings, instead of having them isolated as a compact mass in the centre of the composition.

Wilson points out that these small changes help to clarify the story that is being told in the work, in which the man gets ready to surprise the flower girl with the young rabbit.

Conservación

In 1862, when it belonged to the Osuna collection, the sketch underwent an intervention at the hands of Isidoro Brun, who replaced the old coat of varnish with a fresh on

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
  • Pinturas de Goya
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1928
    consultant editor Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor. From Apri to -May 1928
  • Exposición de bocetos para pinturas y esculturas (Siglos XVI-XIX)
    Sociedad Española de Amigos del Arte
    Madrid
    1949
  • Bosch, Goya et le fantastique
    VII Bordeaux Internacional Exhibition
    Burdeos
    1957
    consultant editor Gilberte Martin-Méry. From May 20th to July 31st 1957
  • The Century of Rococo
    Europe Council
    Munich
    1958
  • Goya
    Musée Jacquemart-André
    París
    1961
    consultant editor Jean-Gabriel Domergue. From December 1961 to February 1962
  • Goya en las colecciones madrileñas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1983
    consultant editor Enrique Lafuente Ferrari. From April 19th to June 20th 1983
  • Goya nelle collezioni private di Spagne
    Villa Favorita
    Lugano
    1986
    consultant editor Marta Medina. From June 15th to October 15th 1986
  • Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1993
    from November 18th 1993 to February 15th 1994. Exhibited also at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 18th to June 12th 1994 and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, July 16th to October 16th 1994, consultant editors Manuela B. Mena Marqués and Juliet Wilson-Bareau
  • Goya en las colecciones españolas
    Sala de Exposiciones del BBVA
    Madrid
    1995
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From December 14th 1995 to February 17th 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 y el infante don Luis: el exilio y el reino.
    Palacio Real, Madrid
    Madrid
    2012
    Arte y ciencia en la época de la ilustración española. Responsable científico Francisco Calvo Serraller. Del octubre de 2012 a enero de 2013.
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2014
Bibliografía
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    París
    1928-1950
    vol. I, p. 187, cat. 146
  • Valentín de Sambricio
    Tapices de Goya
    MadridPatrimonio Nacional
    1946
    p. 248, cat. 40ª y lám. 145
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    pp. 79, 97, cat. 256
  • vol. I, p. 268, cat. 214
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    MilanRizzoli
    1974
    p. 101, cat. 194
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    1980-1982
    vol. II, p. 42
  • BOZAL, Valeriano
    Imagen de Goya
    MadridLumen
    1983
    pp. 77-78
  • José Manuel Arnáiz
    Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    col. Col. Espasa Arte
    Espasa Calpe
    1987
    pp. 144, 178, 181, 285, cat. 44B; p. 179
  • WILSON-BAREU, Juliet
    Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    1993
    pp. 157-162, cat. 19 y p. 161 (il.)
  • José Luis Morales Y Marín
    Goya. Catálogo de la pintura
    ZaragozaReal Academia de Nobles y Bellas Artes de San Luis
    1994
    p. 192, cat. 153
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    2014
    p. 259
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