Francisco de Goya

The worst is to beg (Lo peor es pedir)

Clasificación
The worst is to beg (Lo peor es pedir)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1812 - 1815
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
171 x 219 mm
Técnica y soporte
Sanguina y lápiz negro sobre papel verjurado
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
16 Dec 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Inventario
(D.4386)
Inscripciones

28 (on the lower left-hand corner).

Historia

See Sad presentiments of what must come to pass.

This drawing, along with the set of preparatory drawings for the rest of this series, formed part of the Carderera Collection and subsequently part of the Prado Museum, where it is currently housed.

Análisis artístico

There are some differences between this preparatory drawing and the corresponding print no. 55, The worst is to beg (Lo peor es pedir), lending alternative connotations to some aspects of the print's contents. Goya maintains the figure of the emaciated man wearing a hat who sits in the centre of the composition. However, in the drawing there is a woman next to him whose head is covered; this figure does not appear in the final print. The young woman who walks past the starving people in the drawing is depicted holding the arm of the French soldier in the drawing, reinforcing the link between these two figures. Goya also omits from the print the soldier situated in the background opposite the young woman, as well as the French officer who is pointing right with one hand in the direction of the group of people begging.

Exposiciones
  • Francisco de Goya: Maleri, Tegning, Grafikk
    Nasjonalgalleriet
    Oslo
    1996
    from 10th to April 14th 1996
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2008
    consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008
  • Goya luces y sombras
    CaixaForum
    Barcelona
    2012
    consultant editors José Manuel Matilla and Manuela B. Marqués. From March 16th to June 24th 2012
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2014
Bibliografía
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    cat. 1085
  • GASSIER, Pierre
    Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    BarcelonaNoguer
    1975
    cat. 204
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    2014
    p. 218
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