- Ca. 1778 - 1780
- The Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA
- 145.4 x 94 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- The Toledo Museum of Art
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 24 Nov 2009 / 25 Aug 2022
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In 1870, the tapestry cartoons that had been stored in the basements of the Palacio de Oriente in Madrid were transferred to the Prado Museum, known back then as the Royal Painting and Sculpture Museum. It was at that point that six cartoons by Goya were discovered to be missing: Children with a Cart, The Doctor, Majo with Guitar, Chicken Fights, The See-Saw and Dogs on the Leash. Others also went missing but their disappearance was not noticed because they were at the time attributed to other, les0s important artists. Such is the case of Boys Hunting with Owl, back then attributed to Ramón Bayeu. The Gaceta de Madrid newspaper published the news of the robberies on 19 January that same year, asking for the general public's help in recovering the missing works.
Before arriving at The Toledo Museum of Art, this cartoon was in the Wildenstein collection, in New York, and that of Philip Hofer, in Boston.
In November 2006, this same work was stolen when en route to New York to be shown in the exhibition Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History, at the Guggenheim. After the painting was found, it was returned to the Toledo Museum of Art on 11 January 2007, and it went back on display on 16 February 2007.
Four children play in a cart, whilst two of them play musical instruments. One of the children is dressed in the Dutch style, as Goya himself points out in his description of the work.
Children are a recurrent theme in Goya's work, and this was not the first time that he used them in decorative overdoor pieces - he did the same in the dining room of the palace of El Pardo, where the children were used to counterbalance the adult figures. Here, the children's games, so loaded with fantasy, can, according to Tomlinson, be tied to the fleeting nature of childish revelry and the madness of the adult spectacle represented in the neighbouring scenes.
The reddish preparation that Goya applied, sometimes covered with a thin glaze, has caused the work to darken over the years. Its colours now appear flat and lack the tonal range that they would have had originally.
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