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Duels. On guard!
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

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

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Duels. On guard!

1815 - 1820. Grey-brown wash on dark yellow laid paper. Not on display

Because of its technique and theme, this Sketchbook F seems to have been produced around the same time as Album C, roughly between 1812 and 1820. The drawings were executed using a brush an iron gall ink, the same ink as used for standard writing at that time. In this case, Goya reused an old notebook due to the shortage of paper at that time.

Despite its thematic variety, the Sketchbook F presents a consistent ambiance, where representations of misery, tragedy or violence predominate. Based on events more or less real, but not always contemporary, Goya provides a panorama of the oppressive atmosphere of the time of the Peninsular War and the immediate post-war period. The Album begins with scenes of old-style duels, ends with hunting drawings, and in between includes a variety of episodes in disturbing settings. Many of the compositions are closely related to other works from this period, whether prints, paintings or other drawings. Stylistically, the Sketchbook F is very rich, with some drawings sketched out in a rapid and abbreviated manner, and others made with precise preparations.

Six drawings located at the beginning of the Sketchbook depict duels with characters dressed in the old style. If we consider the context of the other drawings, these can be interpreted as the immediate precursors of the human violence present throughout the remaining pages. Compositionally, it shows an absolute antagonism between the two contenders, one young and insecure in the shadows on the left, against on older and more confident man in a illuminated field on the right side.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Santander, Fundación Botín, 2017, p.102 n.55; 187-188 n.55


Technical data

Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Duels. On guard!
1815 - 1820
Grey-brown wash
Dark yellow laid paper
Height: 205 mm.; Width: 149 mm.
Cuaderno F, 10
Javier Goya, 1828; Mariano Goya y Goicoechea, 1854; Román Garreta y Huerta, c. 1855-60; Museo de la Trinidad, 1866; Museo del Prado, 1872.

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Sala de los dibujos de Goya, II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1928, pp. 41, n.284.

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. nº1438.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Los álbumes, I, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. 478.

Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración, [El Viso], Madrid, 1988, pp. 413-415.

Goya and the spirit of enlightenment, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1989, pp. 322.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Fundación Botín, Santander, 2017, pp. 102 n.55; 187-188 n.55.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 187 nº112.

Other inventories +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 284.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1438.

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. I 284.



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 y el Espíritu de la Ilustración
Nueva York NY
09.05.1989 - 16.07.1989

Goya y el Espíritu de la Ilustración
18.01.1989 - 26.03.1989

Goya y el Espíritu de la Ilustración
04.10.1988 - 18.12.1988

Update date: 22-07-2021 | Registry created on 24-11-2017

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