Francisco de Goya

Portrait of a Young Woman (Retrato de mujer joven)

Portrait of a Young Woman (Retrato de mujer joven)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1826 - 1827
Unknown Collection
59.6 x 48.5 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Ficha: realización/revisión
23 Apr 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

This work belonged to the Schleier collection and was later on display for several years at the Alte Pinakothek of Munich.

Análisis artístico

It is often suggested that the subject of this portrait was Victoria Silvela, daughter of Manuel Silvela, a close friend of Moratín and an influential Spaniard in Bordeaux, whom Goya also painted. Núñez de Arenas has suggested, however, that the sitter was actually Madame Pons, a French woman belonging to Bordeaux high society, whom Goya is said to have painted.

This bust portrait is executed in dark tones, as was habitual in Goya's work during these years. The model has a refined beauty. She is dressed elegantly but simply, her only adornments being a pair of pearl earrings, which are clearly visible since she is wearing her hair up, revealing her neck. Her dress is rendered very sketchily, so much so in fact that the skin of her neck almost blends into the fabric, which in turn melts into the background of the portrait. The young lady's face wears an expression of self-confidence and serenity.

  • Manojo de noticias. La suerte de Goya en Francia
    Bulletin Hispanique, Annales de la Faculté des Lettres de BordeauxII, 3
    pp. 254-255
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    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    pp. 356, 361, cat. 1665
  • vol. I, p. 389, cat. 766
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    p. 137, cat. 692
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    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. IV, p. 222
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