Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Cronología
1791 - 1792
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
137 x 104 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
27 Dec 2009 / 06 Aug 2015
Inventario
72 (P07112)
Historia

See The Wedding.

Around 1856 or 1857, this cartoon was taken from the Royal Tapestry Factory to the Royal Palace in Madrid. In 1870 the tapestry cartoons that were in the basements of the palace were moved to the Prado Museum, back then known as the Painting and Sculpture Museum. It was then that six cartoons by Goya were discovered to be missing, including the one before us (see Children with a Cart). In 1913 this work was identified in a sale taking place in Paris, at the Galerie Marczell von Nemes. It was acquired by Baron Herzog, who gave it as a gift to Alphonso XIII, who in turn donated it to the Prado Museum, where it remains to this day.

Análisis artístico

The canvas shows some boys playing at climbing up on each other's shoulders. There are four children and one additional figure. The arrangement of the characters on the canvas follows the same pattern as in previous cartoons such as The Parasol, that is to say, a foreground with figures, a mound behind them, and more figures behind this obstacle, helping to create a sense of depth. A rural landscape occupies the background.

The balancing act of the children reminds the scholar Tomlinson of the moments of political instability that Spain was suffering following the French Revolution and its resulting oppression. Goya's contact with intellectuals did not go unnoticed in his works, and as such the heights to which these boys and the characters of other cartoons in the series climb only serve to remind us of the great fall that awaits them.

Exposiciones
  • Goya
    Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis
    The Hauge
    1970
    organized by Ministerio de Estado y Asuntos Culturales and Réunion des Musées Nationaux, July 4th to September 13th 1970. Exhibited also at the Musée de l’Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, October 25th to December 7th 1970, consultant editors Jeannine Baticle and A. B. de Vries
  • Exposición de pintura española del Renacimiento a nuestros días
    Tokyo
    1976
    exhibited also in Hiogo and Kitayushu
  • Goya
    Palacio de Pedralbes
    Barcelona
    1977
    from April 12th to June 30th 1977
  • Pintura española de bodegones y floreros de 1600 a Goya
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1983
    consultant editor Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez, November 1983 to January 1984
  • Goya
    La Lonja, Torreón Fortea y Museo Pablo Gargallo
    Zaragoza
    1992
    consultant editor Julián Gállego
  • Goya
    Nationalmuseum
    Stockholm
    1994
    consultant editors Juan J. Luna and Görel Cavalli-Björkman. From October 7th 1994 to January 8th 1995
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1996
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
  • Goya: Order and disorder
    Museum of Fine Arts
    Boston
    2014
Bibliografía
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    vol. I, p. 98, cat. 39
    1928-1950
  • Tapices de Goya
    Valentín de Sambricio
    pp. 150, 170, 279, cat. 63 y lám. 193
    1946
    Patrimonio Nacional
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 100, 374, cat. 304
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 283, cat. 304
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 105, cat. 260
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. II, p. 91 y p. 61 (il.)
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    José Manuel Arnáiz
    pp. 61, 170, 320, cat. 68C
    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. 244, 249, 250 y p. 246 (il.)
    1987
    Cátedra
    Col. Ensayos de Arte Cátedra
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Juan J. (comisario) Luna
    p. 337, cat. 56 y p. 142 (il.)
    1996
    Museo del Prado
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    p. 217
    2014
    Museo Nacional del Prado
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