- Ca. 1810 - 1814
- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 186 x 237 mm
- Técnica y soporte
- Sanguine on laid paper
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 20 Aug 2021 / 25 May 2023
3 (black pencil, lower left)
Very fine sanguine frame
In the Prado Museum has examples of preparatory drawings from all the series of engravings Goya produced throughout his career. Almost all of them, with a few exceptions, come from the collection of Valentín Carderera (1796-1880), whose heir, Mariano Carderera, sold a lot of 284 preparatory drawings to the Prado Museum in 1866. The Prado Museum has 75 of the preparatory drawings for the Disasters of War series, some of which, such as Women Surprised by Soldiers, were never engraved.
Line of provenance: Javier Goya, 1828; Mariano Goya, 1854; Valentín Carderera, ca. 1861; Mariano Carderera, 1880; Prado Museum, 12/11/1886.
This drawing is very similar to another entitled Women Surprised by Soldiers in terms of its setting, although formally it is much more simplified than that one and is therefore probably a first sketch of it.
A group of four women, more clearly defined than in the other drawing, occupies the central and left-hand part of the composition, while through a door on the right-hand side emerges the menacing figure of a uniformed soldier behind whom the rest of his unit can be seen. In this case, the chiaroscuro is more pronounced between the shadows of the surroundings and the female figures, who are illuminated against the dark soldier. Goya has not yet included the visible architecture in the final drawing. The inconcrete nature of the details and the circumstances of the episode undoubtedly contribute to universalising the horror of the imminent outcome. In 1975, Gassier and Wilson discussed the possibility of a small panel painted after this drawing, but they did not confirm this.
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