Francisco de Goya

María Martínez de Puga

María Martínez de Puga
Datos Generales
The Frick Collection. New York, New York, United States
80 x 58.4 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
The Frick Collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
04 Apr 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

Goya 1824 (lower left-hand corner).


This portrait would have been made in thanks for the help Goya received before leaving Spain in 1824.

It belonged to the historian Aureliano de Beruete, who had a collection in Madrid. It was later in the collection of Sir Hugh Lane, in London, and then in that of J. H. Dunn, in the same city. It was in the Colnaghi & Knoedler gallery (London and New York) until, in 1914, it entered the collection of New Yorker Henry Clay Frick, which was later to become today's Frick Collection.

Análisis artístico

María Martínez de Puga was probably related by marriage to Dionisio Antonio de Puga, whose signature appears as a witness on the document in which a lawyer awards Goya the continuance of his salary as royal painter during his absence from the court.

This half-profile portrait, with a two-colour, black and greenish background, shows the sitter wearing a black satin dress with lace edging at the cuffs and neckline, executed in a rapid, impressionistic manner. A watch hangs by her ribs, joined to a red ribbon that goes around her neck. The diadem that encircles her head of reddish chestnut hair is red, with golden decoration. Her earrings are also golden. The pink colour of her lips stands out from her white complexion. She is wearing white gloves and holds a closed fan and a scarf in her hands.

The portrait is of a marked modernity thanks to the contrasting colours, the bold dark outlines and the brushwork, the traces of which are clearly visible in the dress and in the background. The work appears to anticipate the early impressionist style of Manet.

  • Exposición Nacional de retratos
  • Goya’s last Works
    The Frick Art Collection
    New York
    consultant editors Jonathan Brown and Susan Grace Galassi. From February 22nd to May 14th 2006
  • Aureliano de Beruete Y Moret
    Goya, pintor de retratos, t. I
    p. 85
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    vol. II, p. 228, cat. 517
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    pp. 323, 329, cat. 1635 y p. 337 (il.)
  • vol. I, p. 382, cat. 720
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    p. 135, cat. 659
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. IV, p. 191 y p. 311 (il.)
  • BROWN, Jonathan y GALASSI, Susan Grace
    Goya’s last works
    New YorkThe Frick Collection and Yale University Press
    p. 97, cat. 7 y p. 99 (il.)
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