Francisco de Goya

Picnic in the Countryside (Merienda en el campo) (sketch)

Picnic in the Countryside (Merienda en el campo) (sketch)
Datos Generales
Cronología
1776 - 1778
Ubicación
Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlungen, Munich, Germany
Dimensiones
42 x 54.5 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlungen
Ficha: realización/revisión
19 Nov 2009 / 22 Nov 2011
Historia

Supposed sketch for a tapestry cartoon that was never carried out.

This study came to light thanks to Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald, who published it in his catalogue. Gaya Nuño also considered it to be an original Goya in his publication of 1958. Morales does not hesitate to point out that this sketch could have been a preparatory study for the cartoon The Picnic, just like Majos Picnicking, a sketch whose attribution to Goya has given rise to many doubts.

The work belonged to the collection of the Marquis of Montevirgen and then to that of the Marquis of Alcedo, in Madrid, from where it came to form part of that of the Bordeaux painter Jean Gabriel Domergue, in Paris. Lastly it came to rest at the museum where it is housed today.

Análisis artístico

Going by its dimensions, it appears that this work could have formed a pair with another supposed sketch, The Hijacking, which never made it to become a tapestry, either.

A group of people have gathered in the countryside for a picnic. On the left, somewhat separate from the rest, a young man is feeling unwell after having overindulged, and an old woman holds his head, whilst a maja looks on cheerfully.

If this work was in fact a sketch for a tapestry cartoon that was never made, perhaps the causes that prevented its execution were the unsuitability of the subject matter taking into account the tapestry's destination, or the complexity and technical difficulties that copying it to the loom would have involved.

Exposiciones
  • Goya
    Ministry of Foreing Affairs
    Bordeaux
    1951
    organized by the Bordeaux City Hall, consultant editor Gilberte Martin-Méry. From May 16th to June 30th 1951
  • Goya
    Prado National Museum
    Madrid
    1951
    July 1951
  • Goya. Gemälde Zeichnungen. Graphik. Tapisserien
    Kunsthalle Basel
    Basle
    1953
    from January 23th to April 12th 1953
  • Stora Spanska Mästare
    Nationalmuseum
    Stockholm
    1959
  • Goya
    Musée Jacquemart-André
    Paris
    1961
    consultant editor Jean-Gabriel Domergue. From December 1961 to February 1962
Bibliografía
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    vol. II, p. 281, cat. 532s
    1928-1950
  • La pintura española fuera de España
    Juan Antonio Gaya Nuño
    p. 156, cat. 866
    1958
    Espasa Calpe
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 76, 90, cat. 149
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 278, cat. 272
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 93, cat. 58
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    José Manuel Arnáiz
    pp. 68, 184, 192, 199, 246, cat. 11B y p
    1987
    Espasa Calpe
    Col. Espasa Arte
  • Goya. Catálogo de la pintura
    José Luis Morales Y Marín
    p. 140, cat. 54
    1994
    Real Academia de Nobles y Bellas Artes de San Luis
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