Francisco de Goya

Children Playing Leapfrog (Niños jugando a pídola)

Children Playing Leapfrog (Niños jugando a pídola)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1777 - 1785
Ubicación
Valencia Museum of Fine Arts, Valencia, Spain
Dimensiones
30.9 x 43.9 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
Dr. Ignacio Tarazona Blanch Foundation
Ficha: realización/revisión
26 Apr 2010 / 28 Jun 2017
Inventario
376 (579)
Historia

This canvas was donated by María de la Encarnación Marqués to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Carlos, Valencia, in 1926.

Análisis artístico

Here we see a group of seven children playing leapfrog. The scene takes place outdoors, in front of a backdrop of sheets hung out to dry and, further back, some buildings. The Aragonese artist has recreated a number of different postures typical to this game, from the upright position of one child who is getting ready to jump, to the bent over posture of the person to be jumped over, as well as what happens when someone takes a tumble. It is possible that Goya was inspired to paint this picture by the work entitled Children Playing Leapfrog (Niños jugando al filderecho) (Ca. 1725, Palacio de la Granja, National Heritage, Segovia), which Michel-Ange Houasse (Paris, 1680-Arpajon, 1730) painted during his stay in Spain.

The rapid, thick brushstrokes with which he captures the boys' clothing contrasts with the lighter touches used in the buildings in the background. Goya has painted the scenery in light, cold tones, helping to set off the dark silhouettes of the children at play.

There exist four copies of Children Playing Leapfrog. One of them can be found in the Santamarca collection in Madrid, another in the Ródenas collection, and the last two in private collections in Barcelona and Madrid.

For more information, see Children playing soldiers.

 

Exposiciones
  • De Barnaba da Modena a Francisco de Goya
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1939
    Exposición de pinturas de los siglos XIV al XIX recuperadas por España, consultant editors Francisco Javier Sánchez Cantón. July 1939
  • Pintura Española del Siglo XVI al XIX. Pintura Española en el Museo San Pío V de
    Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
    Sapporo
    1991
    from June 5th to July 7th 1991. Exhibited also at Hakodate Museum of Art (Hakodate, Japan), from July 14th to August 18th 1991
  • El món de Goya y López en el Museo Sant Pius V
    Museo San Pio V
    Valencia
    1992
    consultant editor Rafael Gil Salinas. From March to May 1992
  • Arte y medio ambiente: recorrido a través de los clásicos
    Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia
    Valencia
    1996
    May - June 1996
  • Goya, un regard libre
    Palais de Beaux Arts
    Lille
    1998
    from December 12th 1998 to March 14th 1999. Exhibited also at The Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, April 17th 1999 to July 11th 1999, consultant editor Arnauld Brejon de Lavergnée and Joseph J. Rishel in collaboration with Manuela B. Mena Marqués
  • Goya
    Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica di Palazzo Barberini
    Rome
    2000
    consultant editors Lorenza Mochi Onori and Claudio Strinati. From March 18th to June 18th 2000
  • Goya e Italia
    Museo de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    2008
    organized by the Fundación Goya en Aragóna, consultant editor Joan Sureda Pons. From June 1st to September 15th 2008
  • Goya et la modernité
    Pinacothèque de Paris
    Paris
    2013
    from October 11st 2013 to March 16th 2014
Bibliografía
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 90, cat. 158
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 266, cat. 202
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 98, cat. 138
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Goya. Arte e condizione umana
    Alfredo de Paz
    p. 60, il. 43
    1990
    Liguori editore
  • Goya y lo goyesco en la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano
    pp. 99-123
    2003
  • Goya e Italia, 2 vols.
    Joan (comisario) Sureda Pons
    p. 283, cat. 244
    2008
    Fundación Goya en Aragón y Turner
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