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Chatty conversation
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Fuendetodos, Zaragoza (Spain), 1746 - Bordeaux (France), 1828

Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de See author's file

Chatty conversation

Ca. 1795. Wash, Bistre on laid paper.
Not on display

Chatty conversation (Sketchbook B, 31) is one of the darkest drawings in the first part of the Album B, and not only due to its dark interior atmosphere. The banality of an elegant gathering is rendered somewhat disquieting here by the presence of two masked characters in the background, being looked at by the young woman in the foreground. The drawing is located among scenes of courtship, passion and gender violence, so it may be interpreted in the context of the not-always-so-transparent relationships between men and women.

On its reverse: Encounter while strolling (Sketchbook B, 32). An internal structure that may be interpreted as a narrative can sometimes be sensed in Goya´s albums. This drawing would seem to recount the tragic story of a woman and her love affairs. At first it is unclear whether or not this countryside encounter is illicit, though a number of elements such as the woman´s covered head, the gentleman´s disturbing smile as he approaches the young girl and restless barking lapdog protected by its owner, suggest its true nature.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Santander, Fundación Botín, 2017, p.70 n.30A; 173 n.30A


Technical data

Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Chatty conversation
Ca. 1795
Wash; Bistre
Laid paper
Height: 233 mm; Width: 144 mm
Cuaderno de Madrid o Cuaderno B, 31

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Sala de los dibujos de Goya, II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1928, pp. 57, n.429.

Gassier, Pierre y Wilson-Bareau, Juliet, Vie et oeuvre de Francisco de Goya: l' oeuvre complet illustré: peintures, dessins, gravures, Office du Livre, Fribourg, 1970, pp. nº 399 y 400.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Los álbumes, 1, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. 127.

Mena Marqués, Manuela B., El "cuaderno italiano", 1770-1786: los orígenes del arte de Goya, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1994.

Tonnesson, Kare, Francisco Goya, Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo, 1996.

Permanencia de la memoria: cartones para tapiz y dibujos de, Gobierno de Aragón, Departamento de Educación y Cu, Zaragoza, 1997, pp. 143 y 144.

Seipel, Wilfried, Francisco de Goya 1746-1828 : Prophet Der Moderne, Dumont Literatur Und Kunst Verlag, Köln, 2005.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Fundación Botín, Santander, 2017, pp. 70 n.30A; 173 n.30A.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 104 nº 37.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. I 44.

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 429.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 399.

Exhibitions +

Goya. Drawings. "Only my Strength of Will Remains"
20.11.2019 - 16.02.2020

Solo la voluntad me sobra. Dibujos de Francisco de Goya
19.11.2019 - 16.02.2020

Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya
22.06.2017 - 30.09.2017

Goya - Profeta de la Modernidad (Berlín / Viena)
18.10.2005 - 29.01.2006

Permanencia en la memoria . Cartones para tapices y dibujos de Goya
14.02.1997 - 06.04.1997

Francisco de Goya
10.02.1996 - 14.04.1996

Goya: El cuaderno italiano
24.06.1994 - 21.08.1994

Update date: 22-11-2021 | Registry created on 23-11-2017

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