Francisco de Goya

Mob (Populacho)

Mob (Populacho)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1814 - 1820
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
148 x 206 mm
Técnica y soporte
Sanguine on laid paper
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
02 Dec 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
(D. 4246)

16 (on the lower left-hand corner).


See Sad presentiments of what must come to pass.

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

Análisis artístico

The preparatory drawing for the print Mob (Populacho) is a precise, detailed work in which Goya already has a firm idea of the postures of the two figures in the foreground who are beating a third figure - a man who may be dead or alive - since the artist maintains those postures in the final print. He also maintains the crowd that witnesses the macabre scene in the final print. Likewise, in the drawing Goya sketches the body or corpse of the victim of the brutal beating delicately but in great detail, achieving the same effect in the print.

Despite the numerous similarities between the print and the preparatory drawing there are some differences, such as the building in the background, which is placed higher up in the drawing and has more windows, as well as in the two figures beating the man: in the print they are notably darker, depicted with more shadows to accentuate their sinister nature.

  • Los dibujos de Goya
    Museo Provincial de Zaragoza
    exhibition organized by Museo Provincial de Zaragoza, Ministerio de Cultura and Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, exhibition guide written by Miguel Beltrán Lloris and Micaela Pérez Sáenz. October 1978
  • Goya
    Koninklijke Musea Voor Schone Kunsten Van België
    consultant editor Luis González Seara. From October 26th to December 22nd 1985
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    cat. 1041
  • GASSIER, Pierre
    Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    cat. 187
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