Francisco de Goya

Sleeping Woman (Mujer dormida)

Sleeping Woman (Mujer dormida)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1790 - 1793
Ubicación
Mac-Crohon Collection, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
59 x 145 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
Mac-Crohon Collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
25 Apr 2010 / 08 Mar 2012
Historia

This canvas came from the collection of Francisco Acebal de Arratia y Aguirre, who would have purchased it from Javier Goya. It was inherited by Antonio Mc-Crohon, whose collection was based in Madrid.

Análisis artístico

Some scholars have stated that this could be one of the three overdoor pieces painted for Goya's friend and merchant Sebastián Martínez during the artist's stay in Cádiz between 1792 and 1793. The two other works commissioned at the same time would therefore have been Gossiping Women and The Dream, this last one being smaller in size, probably after being cut down.

The woman in this painting is lying on her side, fast asleep. Her head is resting on her right hand whilst her left hand is hidden behind her body. She is wearing a pale-coloured, low-cut dress, which the painter probably kept simple in order to emphasize the woman's face and bust. Her hips and legs are covered by what appears to be a small blanket.

The way in which light has been used here suggests a parallelism between this work and Gossiping Women. We might also say that, with this painting, Goya was tackling the same theme as that depicted in the other work, that of a woman sleeping peacefully, but from a different angle. The two works may have been made in the same period (rec. no.).

Due to the woman's posture and her clothing, Gudiol has established a connection between this painting and both The Marchioness of Santa Cruz and The Majas. There also exist some similarities between Sleeping Woman and Mary Magdalene (María Magdalena), by Gaspar Becerra (Baeza, 1520-Madrid, 1568), from which work Goya could have borrowed the sitter's posture and the lighting.

 

Bibliografía
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    p. 285, cat. 538
    1928-1950
  • Goya and his sitters
    Elizabeth Du Gué Trapier
    p. 9, il. 18
    1964
    The Hispanic Society of America
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 90, cat. 308
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 266, cat. 322
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 104, cat. 244
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Goya, Das Zeitalter de Revolutionen. 1789-1830
    p. 323, il. 161
    1980
    Prestel-Verlag Münche und Hamburger Kunsthalle
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