Francisco de Goya

There is no one to help them (No hay quien los socorra)

There is no one to help them (No hay quien los socorra)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1812 - 1815
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
170 x 217 mm
Técnica y soporte
Sanguina sobre papel verjurado azulado
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
20 Dec 2010 / 14 Sep 2022

40 (on the lower left-hand corner).


See Sad presentiments of what must come to pass.

This drawing, along with the set of preparatory drawings for the rest of this series, formed part of the Carderera Collection and subsequently part of the Prado Museum, where it is currently housed.

Análisis artístico

This preparatory drawing displays some significant differences from the final print. In general, the print has an intensity and force of expression that the drawing lacks.

Goya changed the positions of the bodies in the final work, and there is an extra body on the right-hand side of the drawing that accentuates the depth of the composition. He also omits from the print the silhouettes that are suggested in the background of the drawing, and increases the size of the central standing figure, who does not cover his face in the drawing, instead gazing at the bodies that surround him. In contrast, in the print he hides his face with his hand, giving the image an extraordinary expressive force. Moreover, in the print there is a large white cloud not present in the drawing, which highlights the standing figure at the centre of the composition.

  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    cat. 1095
  • GASSIER, Pierre
    Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    cat. 209
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