Francisco de Goya

Village Procession (Procesión de aldea)

Village Procession (Procesión de aldea)
Datos Generales
Cronología
1786 - 1787
Ubicación
Private collection
Dimensiones
169 x 137 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
27 May 2010 / 31 Jul 2017
Historia

See The Greasy Pole.

This work was purchased from the Duke and Duchess of Osuna, at the auction of 1896, by the Marchioness of Villamejor. It was inherited by her son, the Count of Romanones. It changed owners again in 1950.

This painting originally cost the Duke and Duchess of Osuna 2,500 reales.

Análisis artístico

For the analysis of the whole series, see The Greasy Pole.

Goya described this painting as: "4.... a village procession, the main or foreground figures of which are the Priest, Mayor, Alderman, Bagpiper, etc. and retinue, with its corresponding landscape". This was the first time that Goya had addressed the topic of processions. He was to return to them a couple more times later on in the works A Procession of Flagellants and Flagellants next to an Arch, although on those occasions he was to accentuate, almost to the point of satire, the picturesque character of the spectacles and their ecstatic participants. Here we see no such evident critique. The procession is led, just as Goya wrote in his description of the work, by the village's priest and mayor, that is to say the two local authorities who needed to be present in this procession which, rather than an act of faith, was a social commitment in the Spain of the time.

The composition is dominated by the chapel from which the procession is emerging, its volume kept in balance by the presence of the castle ruins on the right-hand side. Of particular interest are the harmonious colours of the image, featuring chiefly green and ochre tones.

Exposiciones
  • Exposición y venta de los cuadros, esculturas, grabados y otros objetos artísticos de la Casa Duca
    Palacio de la Industria y de las Artes
    Madrid
    1896
    1896
  • Pinturas de Goya
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1928
    consultant editor Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor. From April to May 1928
  • Goya
    Festival Internacional de Granada, Palacio de Carlos V
    Granada
    1955
    consultant editor Enrique Lafuente Ferrari
  • Francisco de Goya. IV Centenario de la capitalidad
    organized by Ayuntamiento de Madrid and Dirección General de Bellas Artes at the Casón del Buen Retiro
    Madrid
    1961
    consultant editor Valentín de Sambricio
  • Goya en las colecciones madrileñas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1983
    consultant editor Enrique Lafuente Ferrari. From April 19th to June 20th 1983
  • Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1988
    from October 6th to December 18th 1988. Exhibited also at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, January 18th to March 26th 1989; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York, May 9th to July 16th 1989, Madrid curator Manuela B. Mena Marqués, scientific directors Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor A. Sayre
Bibliografía
  • Goya. Composiciones y figuras, t.II
    Aureliano de Beruete Y Moret
    pp. 62-63
    t. II
    1917
    edición compendiada por Francisco Javier Sánchez Cantón: Madrid, Blass, 1928
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    vol. I, p. 200, cat. 161
    1928-1950
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 79, 96, cat. 253
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 271, cat. 239
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 101, cat. 191
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. II, p. 47 y p. 164 (il.)
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Goya en las colecciones madrileñas
    Enrique (comisario) Lafuente Ferrari
    p. 146, cat. 17 y p. 147 (il.)
    1983
    Amigos del Museo del Prado
  • Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor Sayre
    p. 160, cat. 12 y p. 161 (il.)
    1988
    Museo del Prado
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