Francisco de Goya

Seated Majo and Maja (Majo y maja sentados)

Seated Majo and Maja (Majo y maja sentados)
Datos Generales
1824 - 1825
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
8.8 x 8.3 cm
Técnica y soporte
Watercolor on ivory
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Ficha: realización/revisión
16 May 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
(NMB 1879)

See Maja and Celestina.

This piece was in the Keir collection of Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, who probably acquired it, together with another miniature, Half-Naked Youth Reclining on a Rock, for his collection of Spanish art. It remained in the Stirling family for several years until being put on sale at Sotheby's of London on 3 July 1963 (lot no. 63). It went to the Nationalmuseum, in Stockholm.

Análisis artístico

For the artistic and technical analysis of the complete series, see Maja and Celestina.

The figures of the majo and the maja shown sitting together in this miniature are robust, especially the man, whose bulk is increased by the cape with which he covers himself, leaving only his eyes uncovered. He is painted only in black, whilst the maja at his side has some touches of colour: the pink of her cheeks and the bluish hue of her shawl.

Comparisons tend to be made between this work and another watercolour, dated to around the same period, Majos Strolling, due to the similar theme and the pose of one of the majos in the drawing, who is also seated and wears similar clothing.

  • Exhibition of Spanish Painting
    Brooklyn Museum
    New York
    from October 4th to 31st 1935
  • From Greco to Goya
    The Spanish Art Gallery
  • Goya (1746-1828). Peintures-Dessins-Gravures
    Centre Cultural du Marais
    consultant editors Jacqueline et Maurice Guillard
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    Museo Nacional del Prado
    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. La imagen de la mujer
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    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
  • Eleanor Sayre
    Goya’s Bordeaux miniatures, , , Boston, 1966
    Museum of Fine Arts Boston BulletinLXIV n.337
    p. 120, cat. 19
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    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    pp. 357, 362, cat. 1689 y p. 343 (il.)
  • vol. I, p. 385, cat. 738
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    p. 136, cat. 681
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. IV, p. 219
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    Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    pp. 324-325, 381, cat. 106 y p. 327 (il.
  • CALVO SERRALLER, Francisco (comisario)
    Goya, la imagen de la mujer
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado y Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado
    cat. 27 y p. 171 (il.)
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