Francisco de Goya

Boy from the Soria Family (Niño de la familia Soria)

Boy from the Soria Family (Niño de la familia Soria)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1804 - 1808
Private collection, París, France
112 x 80 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Ficha: realización/revisión
21 Mar 2010 / 15 Sep 2022

Along with the portrait of Clara Soria, in 1900 this work belonged to the Rothschild family in the castle of Ferrières, on the outskirts of Paris. Both paintings were confiscated by the Nazis in 1941, with that of the Soria boy ending up in the hands of Hitler himself, whilst that of Clara was appropriated by minister Goering. In 1945, the Americans recovered them from a salt mine in Salzburg.

Análisis artístico

Unlike other portraits of children by Goya, both this work and its pair, Clara de Soria, stand apart in that the painter has represented the children as if they were adults, posing like grown-ups, with no props or toys to distract them.

The boy is shown dressed in a long overcoat with large buttons and a wide collar. In his left hand he holds a hat and a long cape covers him all the way down to his feet. Of interest is his long curly hair, which looks more like a wig than the natural hair of a child. In front of a neutral background, he looks distractedly off to the side, without paying the slightest attention to the painter.

Its grey, golden and red tones make this portrait one of the very best by the Aragonese painter.

    L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    p. 67, cat. 348
  • FLORISOONE, Michel
    Chefs d'ouvre de la vie retrouvée
    Art et style
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 199, cat. 832
    Goya. Antecedentes, Coincidencias e Influencias del arte de Goya
    MadridSociedad Española de Amigos del Arte
    pp. 36 y 37
  • vol. I, p. 332, cat. 519
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