Francisco de Goya

Sad presentiments of what must come to pass (Tristes presentimientos de lo que ha de acontecer)

Sad presentiments of what must come to pass (Tristes presentimientos de lo que ha de acontecer)
Datos Generales
1812 - 1820
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
133 x 186 mm
Técnica y soporte
Sanguine on paper
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
24 Nov 2010 / 21 Sep 2022

60 (lower left-hand corner).


See Sad presentiments of what must come to pass.

This drawing, just like the set of preparatory drawings made for the other prints in the series, formed part of the Carderera collection before arriving at the Prado Museum, where it is currently housed.

We do not know why Goya wrote the number 60 in the lower left-hand corner. It may have served as a reference number of some kind.

Análisis artístico

Using light traces of sanguine, Goya has traced the outline of the kneeling man, his arms flung out to his sides, who was later to appear in the first print in the Disasters of War series.

When compared with the final print, we see some differences, chiefly concerning the way in which the artist has treated the background of the scene. In the drawing, this area is much paler than in the print, and Goya has sketched out a landscape here which is practically imperceptible in the print. On the left-hand side of the drawing, in the distance, we can see some buildings which were not carried over to the print. Furthermore, in the upper left-hand corner of the drawing there is an area of brightness, a lingering shred of hope, whilst the monstrous figure that we can just make out in the print is, in the preparatory drawing, even less evident.

As for the kneeling man, Goya has covered his chest with a gown in the drawing, whilst in the print he has opted to show much of the torso laid bare, perhaps in an attempt to lend more drama to the pose.

In short, a comparison of the two works allows us to see how, in the final print, Goya set out to heighten the image's sinister, oppressive side.

  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008
  • Goya luces y sombras
    consultant editors José Manuel Matilla and Manuela B. Marqués. From March 16th to June 24th 2012
  • Madrid
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    cat. 994
  • GASSIER, Pierre
    Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    cat. 167
  • MATILLA, José Manuel y MENA, Manuela B. (comisarios)
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    p. 363
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